In order to properly mark the occasion of the untimely death of American soprano Alma Gluck (born Reba Feinsohn; 1884 - 1938), music critic Samuel Chotzinoff wrote this essay in which he recalled witnessing the first meeting between Gluck and her (second) husband Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. (1890 - 1985) at the absolute height of her fame in 1911. The remembrance continues as Chotzinoff labels that era as being the 'golden age of vocalists' and recalls many of the finest qualities of her talent:
"It was quite impossible to talk about her voice as distinct from her personality. Any analysis of her art had to be based on the inseparableness of the singer and the voice. Even when she sang coloratura, the florid phrases were tinged with the personality of the artist."