Today in Music History
A Daily Look at Music History For Violin Students
A Look at What Happened on Today's Date
Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
September 17
1803 - Franz Xaver Süssmayr, the student of Mozart who finished his Requiem after Mozart's death, died in Vienna.

1966 - The Beatles' Yellow Submarine reaches #2 on the chart, while The Beach Boys' Wouldn't It Be Nice? goes to  #8 and The Hollies' Bus Stop peaks at #5.

1982 - First performance of Steve Reich's Tehillim for orchestra. New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, in NYC.

2003 - First concert with Christoph Eschenbach conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra, as new music director,
Can You Guess? The music CD's we use today spin at between 200 and 500 times each minute.  On this date in 1931 the first LP record was demonstrated by RCA. 
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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.
Zino Francescatti
Rene-Charles "Zino" Francescatti was born August 9, 1902 in Marseilles, France.  His father was a violinist and cellist, his mother a violinist.  Zino began violin lessons at age 3.  He gave his first recital when he was only 5 years old.  By 10 he appeared as soloist playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
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Violinist Zino Francescatti
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