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
August 9
1781 - Birth of Austrian violinist, conductor and composer Michael Umlauff. He conducted the orchestra, chorus, and soloists in the premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.  After the totally deaf Beethoven set the initial tempos for each movement, the performers were told to ignore Beethoven if he continued to beat time, and to follow Umlauf.

1972 - London premiere of Andrew Lloyd-Webber: musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

1975 - Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich died, age 68, in Moscow

1988 - Premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies' Symphony No. 5. BBC Proms Concert by Philharmonia Orchestra, with the composer conducting

2002 - Bertold Hummel, German composer, died.
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He gave his first recital when he was only 5 years old.  By 10 he appeared as soloist playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto.

In 1925 Francescatti made his Paris debut.  By 1926 he was touring England playing recitals with Maurice Ravel.  He was  well received.  Francescatti built his reputation as a virtuoso violinist by making tours through Europe and South America.

On Nov. 18, 1939, Francescatti made his United States debut with the New York Philharmonic.  He played Paganini's First Violin Concerto under the baton of  Barbirolli. After the close of World War II, Francescatti pursued an international career as a soloist until he retired in 1976.

Upon his retirement, Francescatti wanted to assist young violinists.  He had played a famous violin built by Stradivarius in 1727 called the "Hart."  He sold the instrument and established the Francescatti Foundation in La Ciotat. In 1987 an international violin competition was organized in his honor in Aix-en-Provence.

Zino Francescatti died September 17, 1991 in La Ciotat.

On a personal note, it was Zino Francescatti's recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Thomas Schippers conducting the New York Philharmonic that absolutely fascinated me as a Jr. High School student.  Having read the score numerous times, I listened to Francescatti playing was marked by a seemingly effortless technique, warmth of expression, and tonal elegance. The recording is one of the classics, and it stands up as well today as it did the day it was recorded.  Click HERE to see Francescatti's music.
Violin   Zino Francescatti
Zino Francescatti
René-Charles "Zino" Francescatti was born August 9, 1902 in Marseilles, France.  His father was a violinist and cellist who had studied with Paganini, his mother a violinist.  Zino began violin lessons at age 3.  He studied with Camillo Sivori
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Violin, Zino Francescatti
Violin, Zino Francescatti
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TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35 - sheet music at
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35 For Violin. Printed score and a CD featuring the concerto in split-channel stereo with the violinist on the right channel; then again in a stereo accompaniment version minus the solo violin part. Music Minus One.
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Violinist Zino Francescatti
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