B1013.(AUER) LEOPOLD AUER. Violin Playing as I Teach It. New York, Frederick A. Stokes, 1921. 225pp. Illus. w.musical examples; Photos.
“Auer was born in Veszprém and studied the violin at Budapest, Vienna and with Joseph Joachim in Hanover. He settled in St. Petersburg and taught at the conservatoire there from 1868 to 1917. In 1918 he moved to the United States, eventually teaching at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Leopold Auer is remembered as one of the most important violin pedagogues. He taught many violinists who would later become famous, including Efrem Zimbalist, Mischa Elman and Jascha Heifetz. A number of composers dedicated pieces to him, though he initially refused to play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, despite being the dedicatée, because he regarded the work as unplayable (however he played the work later in his career).
The author of these memoirs lived a long and interesting life. He knew Brahms as well as many famous composers and performers of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. At the same time his glory was followed by his pupils. Some of them lived till 1970s and even till 1980s.”
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