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Pianists and Piano Playing (Vanity Fair, 1915)

William James Henderson (1855 - 1937) was believed by many to be the greatest music critic of his day, and in this VANITY FAIR article he turns his nib in the direction of the pianists Ignace Paderewski (1860 - 1941), Harold Bauer (1873 - 1951), Ferruccio Busoni (1866 1924) and Josef Hofmann (1876 - 1957).

A 1938 article about Paderewski can be read HERE...

 

Giacomo Puccini (Vanity Fair, 1915)

A two page profile of the fifty seven year-old opera composer, Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924). Published at a time when his most popular work was behind him, the article centers on the composer's career; from Puccini's first opera, "La Ville" (1884) to his most recent, "The Little Wooden Shoes".

 

Phonograph Advocate: Sir Edward Elgar (Current Opinion, 1921)

"Sir Edward Elgar (1857 1934), the noted composer, recently presided at the opening of the new headquarters of a gramophone company in London. Elgar is a great believer in the mechanical reproduction of music, and always conducts for records of his own works."

"What musicians want," he said, "is more listeners."

 

Sergie Rachmaninoff (Vanity Fair Magazine, 1919)

An uncredited interview with the celebrated Russian composer, Sergie Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943); his education, family and his work at the Moscow Conservatory as well as the Moscow Grand Theater. Attention is paid to his activities in the United States following his flight from the 1917 Russian Revolution.

 

Soprano Dorothy Kirsten (Click Magazine, 1943)

Illustrated with a black and white photograph of the 33 year-old soprano was this small notice announcing the discovery of Dorthy Kirsten (1910 - 1992) of Montclair, New Jersey. Kirsten went on to great heights, performing with the Metropolitan Opera for the next thirty years, she would also enjoy some popularity singing duets on the radio with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nelson Eddy, and Perry Como.

 

Beethoven and his Deafness (The Literary Digest, 1894)

Musical historian W.S.B. Mathews considers the three musical styles of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 1827) and entirely dismisses the possibility that his deafness in later years effected his compositions not one jot.

 


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