B0874. BORIS SCHWARZ. Great Masters of the Violin. London, Robert Hale, 1983. 671pp. Index; Bibliography; Photos; DJ. Invaluable reference source, offering brief biographies and noted critical reports. Exceedingly Elusive! Superb copy has dedication & inscription by the author's wife on front endpaper. - 0-7090-1783-9
“Boris Schwarz, who followed early success as a violinist with a distinguished career in musicology, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on26 March, 1906, and immigrated to Berlin while a child. At the age of 14 he made his violin concert début in Hanover with his father, the pianist Joseph Schwarz. Mr. Schwarz studied with several prominent teachers, including Carl Flesch, Jacques Thibaud and Lucien Capet. After performing throughout Europe, Mr. Schwarz resettled in the United States in 1936. He was concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and later played first violin in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. He also studied musicology and earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
From 1941 to 1976, Mr. Schwarz was a professor of music at Queens College of the City of New York. He was chairman of the music department there from 1948 to 1951 and from 1952 to 1955, and he founded the Queens College Orchestral Society and the Queens College Faculty String Quartet.
Mr. Schwarz was a prolific contributor to the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. His book MUSIC AND MUSICAL LIFE IN SOVIET RUSSIA, 1917- 1970 won an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers as the best book of music criticism in 1973. In the foreword to his GREAT MASTERS OF THE VIOLIN, Yehudi Menuhin observed of Mr. Schwarz: ‘There can be no more qualified commentator on the violinist, his soul, his character, his interpretation and his life style’."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 2 Jan., 1984