B1426. ALBERT SPALDING. Rise to Follow – An Autobiography. New York, Holt, 1943. Frontis of Spalding by Violet Oakley, 1928. 328pp. Index; DJ.
“Autobiography of the well-known violinist, which is a pleasing picture of the non-professional aspects of his life, with accent on the career. Nice family vignette, his start as a musician, lessons here and in Florence, a début in Paris, a tour of France, the painful discouragements of newspaper reviews, audiences, etc. All Europe was his theatre, and with his own country provide background for tales of the musical scene, salient personalities, etc. During World War I he worked with La Guardia in Italy, had an incognito adventure in Spain; after his marriage, went on tour with Damrosch. All sorts of things keep this from being routine musical biography: -- his fear of servants, his delight in gaffes by the pseudo cultured, his eye for entertaining characters, his honesty about his own gift.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron