MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

In Presence of a Master

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Filed under: Bartók, violinists

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  1. Lisa Hirsch says:

    Oistrakh or Bartok?!

    • Thomas May says:

      It’s actually a reference to the review Olin Downes wrote of the piece in 1943.

    • Thomas May says:

      It seems Yehudi Menuhin was key in Olin Downes’ volte-face (otherwise often cranky about Bartók): he was reviewing a recital by Menuhin ( w pianist Adolph Baller) in 1943. That was around the time BB himself became so swayed by the violinist that he decided to write his solo violin sonata for him. But I couldn’t find an unbroken video of the Violin/Piano Sonata No. 1 with Menuhin….

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