|Today in Music History
A Daily Look at Music History For Violin Students
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Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
|1842 - Pierre Marie Baillot, French violinist, died in Paris.
1863 - Horatio William Parker, American composer of church music, was born in Auberndale, MA
1876 - Bruno Walter (Schlesinger), naturalized American conductor, was born in Berlin.
1903 - Roy Acuff, the King of Country Music, was born in Maynardsville, TN
1945 - Anton von Webern, Austrian composer, died in Mittersill, Austria -- accidentally shot by an American soldier enforcing a curfew.
1946 - First performance of Charles Ives's String Quartet No. 2 , at the Yaddo Music Festival in Saratoga, NY.
1962 - The Four Seasons top the US singles chart for the first time with Sherry.
1979 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart
|Can You Guess?
In the song The Devil Went Down to Georgia where he had a musical duel with a young man named Johnny.
Can You Guess, what did Johnny win?
|Jeno Huber was born on September 15, 1858 in Pest (now Budapest). His father, Karoly Huber, was professor of violin at the National Conservatory and conductor of the orchestra of the National Theater. Jeno began his violin studies at home.|
|At age 11 Jeno played a concerto written by Giovanni Battista Viotti in public, evidently with some success.
His father realized that his son needed further instruction, and that a different point of view would be helpful. In the Autumn of 1873, Huber continued studies in Berlin under Joseph Joachim, who was considered by many the most outstanding violin instructor of the time.
In the spring of 1876, he completed his studies and returned to Hungary. Here he became friendly with Franz Liszt. They began to appear together professionally, giving numerous concerts which included Beethovenís Kreutzer Sonata.
When Jeno was 21 years old he decided to change his name to Hubay from Huber..
In May 1878 Hubay travelled to Paris on Lisztís advice, and was soon to be a favourite guest in the musical salons of the city. In the next years he made successful concert tours in France, England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Hungary.
Soon after he arrived in Paris he got to know Henri Vieuxtemps, who was very impressed with his artistry. The two became friends and musical associates. Vieuxtemps had been a Professor of Violin at the Brussels Conservatoire (and Wieniawski had been Professor before him). Vieuxtemps recommended to the Conservatoire that they hire Hubay for the position. After Vieuxtemps' death in 1881, Hubay edited and completed several of his unpublished works. On February 8, 1882, Hubay was appointed him to the post Vieuxtemps had suggested, and Hubay remained in the position for four years and a half years.
During the Summer of 1886 Hubay received a request from the Minister of Education in Hungary. He asked that Jeno return to Budapest and assume the post of Professor of Violin, the same post his father had held.
So it was that Jeno Hubay returned permanently to Budapest. There he developed one of the world's leading schools of violin. Not only was he extremely influential in the musical culture of the city of Budapest, but the nation as a whole.
In 1919 Jeno was made Director of the entire Budapest Academy of Music.
Among the artists to benefit from the work of Jeno Hubay were Jozsef Szigeti and Jeno (Eugene) Ormandy.
Jeno Hubay died in Budapest March 12, 1937. Besides his playing, he composed many works including 4 violin
concertos, 4 symphonies and 8 operas.
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They had a fiddling contest. The bet was a fiddle of gold against Johnny's soul. Johnny won, but invited the Devil to come back if he ever wants to try again, because, "I'm the best that's ever been."