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September 27
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Jacques Thibaud, the celebrated French violinist, was born in Bordeaux, France September 27, 1880.  He began lessons with his father (who had been a pupil of Jean Delphin Alard) when he was very young, and made his public debut when he was only 8 years old. 
When he was just 9 Thibaud played for the famous violinist EugŤne Ysaˇe, who was so impressed with Jacques that he said, "He will be the master of us all."

When he was 13 he became a student of Martin Marsick at the conservatory in Paris.  He graduated from the conservatory in 1896, earning the premier prix.

Obliged to earn his living, he played the violin at the Cafť Rouge in Paris, where he was heard by the conductor  …douard Colonne.  Colonne was impressed not only with Thibaud's technical mastery of the instrument, but with his style as well.  Colonne offered him a position in his orchestra; in 1898 he made his debut as a soloist (with Colonne) with such success that he was engaged for 54 concerts in Paris in the same season. Subsequently, he appeared in all the musical centers of Europe.
Jacques Thibaud
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In 1903, Thibaud visited the USA, making his debut performing Mozart and Saint-SaŽns with the Wetzler Orchestra in New York. He was such a tremendous success with critics and audiences that he remained in the United States for almost a year.  Thibaud would not cross the Atlantic again for ten years.
During World War I, Thibaud served in France's armed forces.  He was wounded and honorably discharged.  As part of his recuperation, Thibaud needed to regain the flexibility he had lost in his hands, arms and upper body.  He turned to sports to accomplish this, becoming proficient at both tennis and golf.

After the war Thibaud continued his performing, with emphasis on chamber music.  He formed a trio with his two brothers (a pianist and a cellist).  The group experienced some success. But when Thibaud joined with Alfred Cortot and Pablo Casals in a famous trio the world may have seen the ultimate in Jacques Thibaud.  "There is nothing so enjoyable for the true artist as ensemble playing with his peers,"  Thibaud said.  The group was hailed for its technical perfection, its intensity and passion, and its unity in performance.

In 1943, Thibaud, along with Marguerite Long, founded the renowned Long-Thibaud competition.

Thibaud returned to the United States in 1947 to make one appearance with Leopold Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

His playing was notable for its warmth of expressive tone and fine dynamics.  Thibaud's performanced of Beethoven were acclaimed, and he was considered an authority in the field of French music.

Jacques Thibaud was aboard an aircraft flying to French Indochina on September 1, 1953 to entertain French troops.  The plane crashed Mt. Cemet, in the French Alps.  Thibaud was killed, his Stradivarius violin was destroyed.

Audio samples of Thibaud's playing can be heard on this album on  Remember that the recording was made long before today's recording technology.
1711 - Vivaldi resumed  his teaching position as violin master with the Pieta in Venice.

1738 - Handel finished his oratorio Saul and started Israel in Egypt .

1827 - Franz Schubert finishes his song cycle Winterreise.

1877 - William Clifford Heilman, American composer, was born in Williamsport, PA.

1892 - Antonin DvorŠk arrived in New York City to assume the  Director's position at the National Conservatory.

1921 - Engelbert Humperdinck, German composer, died in Neustrelitz, Germany.  He wrote the opera Hansel and Gretel.

1929 - Albert Biales, American composer, was born in  Cleveland, OH.

1954 - Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Russian violinist and conductor, was born in Baku/Azerbaijan.

1964 - The Beach Boys appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. They performed I Get Around.

1972 - Christopher Adler, US composer, was born.
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