Chamber music as the opposite of modern concert life

Arthur M. Abell, the Berlin editor of the Musical Courier from 1893-1917, was a violinist and prominent figure in Berlin music circles. He relied on the journalistic technique of sharing insider knowledge: (supposedly) personal conversations and gossip from the best sources, as exemplified in his infamous book Talks with Great Composers.  In a column dated […]

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Audio Recordings of 1907 performers

Violinists <p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”https://archive.org/embed/78_humoresque_efrem-zimbalist-tor-aulin-sam-chotzinoff_gbia0008501a”>Efrem Zimbalist, violin, from 1912</a></p><p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”https://archive.org/embed/78_viennese-melody_fritz-kreisler-carl-lamson-gaertner-kreisler_gbia0034854a”>Fritz Kreisler, violin, from 1915</a></p><p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”https://archive.org/details/78_menuett_mischa-elman-percy-b.-kahn-haydn_gbia0004053a”>Mischa Elman, violin, from 1910</a></p><p style=”text-align: center;”>Eugene Ysaye, violin, from 1910 (Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, finale):</p> Kathleen Parlow, violin, from 1912 Carl Flesch, violin, Dvorák, Slavonic Dance, no. 1, from 1926 <h2>Pianists</h2> Leopold Godowsky, piano, playing “Rustle of […]

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Robert Hausmann and the Schumann Cello Concerto

Hausmann first performed the Schumann Cello Concerto in Leipzig on January 29, 1879. His previous concerto performances had been of more popular-style, now-forgotten works (Lindner, Dressler, Raff). He played it in London the following year, for the first time since Piatti had played it on a Music Society concert in 1866. Although the reviews were […]

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The musical Hausmann family

Not only were the cousins Georg and Robert Hausmann both professional cellists who played the same cello with some of the same people in the same places, Robert’s sister Marie was a singer who had a cousin Marie who was also a singer. Robert’s sister Marie was born in 1847. She studied singing with Julius […]

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Hausmann Heights

In 1852 The Musical World responded to a reader’s question as to the respective heights of George Hausmann and the double bass virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889). There don’t seem to be any pictures of George, but there are many photographs of Bottesini. This trait seems to have run in the family: Robert Hausmann was 1,90 […]

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The pianist Heinrich Barth (1847-1922)

Besides his performances with his colleagues de Ahna and Hausmann in a Piano Trio, Heinrich Barth (12.07.1847-23.12.1922) had a solo career, although he never became as famous as his students Wilhelm Kempff, Heinrich Neuhaus, or Arthur Rubinstein. Barth’s training included study with Liszt’s two best students, Hans von Bülow and Carl Tausig. He began at […]

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Joachim’s role in Robert Hausmann’s life

Joachim was a friend, mentor, teacher, role model, and more. His role in Hausmann’s life was so all-encompassing that is almost seems that Joachim consciously set out to take this youth, a next-generation version of one of his first collaborators, and fast-track his training so that he could serve in various capacities to suit Joachim’s […]

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