Discopaedia of the Violin, Original Edition  -  James Creighton   0802018106
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Discopaedia of the Violin, Original Edition  -  James Creighton   0802018106
B0787. DISCOPAEDIA OF THE VIOLIN, Original Edition. James Creighton, Ed. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1974. 987pp. Very Long out-of-print. - 0-8020-1810-6 9780802018106

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“This is a marvelous book. In the history of the documentation of recordings there have been a number of compilations that have established new standards on their appearance and this is one. I would rate it one of the most important discographical works since the publication of the World’s Encyclopedia of Recorded Music in the fifties….For your money you get a beautifully produced book, typeset and of just over a thousand pages….The publishers claim more than 1,600 violinists are included and of the 836 pages of double column listings I estimate about 21,000 performances are documented and (because of reissue numbers and the like) this represents over 80,000 actual records….it is indispensable to anyone remotely concerned with the subject.”

- Lewis Foreman, GRAMOPHONE, Jan., 1975



“James (Lesley) Creighton was a discographer and recorded-sound archivist, born at Vancouver 24 Aug. 1934, died 1 Dec. 1998; BA economics (British Columbia) 1956. After violin studies in Vancouver he worked 1961-4 in England as the sound archivist of the BBC Gramophone Library prior to assuming a similar position at the University of Toronto music library that he held for 30 years. In 1970 he received the first Canada Council grant for recorded-sound research, to assist with the preparation of his monumental Discopaedia of the Violin - 1889-1971 (Toronto 1974; awarded the Ysa˙e Medal of Belgium in 1976). He has lectured on discography, and in 1974 he began research on a 'tapeography' of the violin. His company, Discopaedia, had issued nearly 80 historic and contemporary recordings by 1990 on its five labels. These perpetuate performances by violinists such as Auer, Bress, Heifetz, Kreisler, Staryk, Szigeti, Ysa˙e, and Zimbalist; by violist Rivka Golani and cellist Vladimir Orloff on the Masters of the Bow label; by pianists such as Backhaus, Gieseking, Richter, and Michelangeli; and conductors such as Cantelli, Hindemith, Horenstein, and Koussevitsky on the Baton label; performances by Eckhardt-Gramatté of her own compositions on the Tri-Art label; and a variety of Canadian material and performers on the Jubal label. Creighton has contributed articles to The Gramophone, Strad and several trade magazines.”

- Z. D. Akron