B1436. Joseph Szigeti. With Strings Attached – Reminiscences and Reflections [2nd Edition, Revised and Enlarged]. New York, Knopf, 1967. 394pp. Index; Discography; Photos; DJ.
“Joseph Szigeti began his studies at a local music school; while still a child, he was placed in the advanced class of Hubay at the Budapest Academy of Music; then made his début in Berlin at age 13. He made his first appearance in London when he was 15; subsequently toured England in concerts with Busoni; then settled in Switzerland in 1913; was a professor at the Geneva Conservatory (1917-25). He made an auspicious U.S. début playing the Beethoven Concerto with Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (15 Dec., 1925); thereafter he toured the U.S. regularly while continuing to appear in Europe. With the outbreak of World War II, he went to the U.S. (1940), becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1951. After the end of the war, he resumed his international career; settled again in Switzerland in 1960 and gave master classes.
Szigeti was an artist of rare intellect and integrity; he eschewed the role of the virtuoso, placing himself totally at the service of the music. In addition to the standard repertoire, he championed the music of many 20th-century composers, including Stravinsky, Bartók, Ravel, Prokofiev, Honegger, Bloch, and Martin. He wrote the books WITH STRINGS ATTACHED (N.Y., 1947), A VIOLINIST'S NOTEBOOK (London, 1965), and SZIGETI ON THE VIOLIN: IMPROVISATIONS ON A VIOLINIST'S THEMES (N.Y., 1969).”
- BAKER'S BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS