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America's concertmasters

Author: Anne Mischakoff Heiles
Publisher: Sterling Heights, Mich. : Harmonie Park Press, 2007.
Series: Detroit monographs in musicology/Studies in music, no. 51.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Despite the pivotal role that concertmasters have played in orchestras, they have seldom enjoyed the spotlight. In America's Concertmasters, however, they become the focus of attention, their life stories illuminating the development of orchestras and how the balance of power between concertmasters and conductors has shifted over the years. This unique book, based on extensive research on more than 180  Read more...
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Heiles, Anne Mischakoff.
America's concertmasters.
Sterling Heights, Mich. : Harmonie Park Press, 2007
(OCoLC)652086523
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Mischakoff Heiles
ISBN: 9780899901398 0899901395
OCLC Number: 176996190
Description: xviii, 564 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Prologue. Who are America's concertmasters? --
How the concertmaster role evolved (Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Pisendel, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Haydn, Antonio Brunetti, Johann Stamits, Christian Cannabich, Luigi Tomasini, Johann Peter Salomon, Rodolphe Kreutzer, Pierre Baillot, Pierre Rode, François-Antoine Habeneck, Ludwig Spohr, Ferdinand David, Joseph Joachim, Arnold Rosé, Daniel Guilet, Mischa Mischakoff, Joseph Silverstein, Glenn Dicterow, Jorja Fleezanis) --
Boston Symphony Orchestra (Bernhard Listemann, Franz Kneisel, Enrique Fernández Arbós, Willy Hess, Anton Witek, Fredric Fradkin, Richard Burgin, Profile Joseph Silverstein, Profile Malcom Lowe) --
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Max Bendix, Ernst Wendel, Leopold Kramer, Ludwig Becker, Hans Letz, Harry Weisbach, Jacques Gordon, Mischa Mischakoff, John Weicher, Sidney Harth, John Weicher, Steven Staryk, Sidney Weiss, Rubén González, Profile Victor Aitay, Profile Samuel Magad, Profile Robert Chen) --
The Cleveland Orchestra (Sol Marcosson, Louis Edlin, Arthur Beckwith, Joseph Fuchs, Hugo Kolberg, Toss Spivakovsky, Joseph Knitzer, Samuel Thaviu, Josef Gingold, Daniel Majeske, Martin Chalifour (acting), Profile Rafael Druian, Profile William Preucil) --
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (William Grafing King, Ilya Schkolnik, Josef Gingold, Otis Ingelman, Henri Nosco, Mischa Mischakoff, Gordon Staples, Profile Emmanuelle Boisvert) --
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Sylvian Noack, Alfred E. Megerlin, Henry Svedrofsky, Josef Borissoff, John Pennington, Bronisław Gimpel, Sascha Jacobsen, Jacques Gasselin, David Frisina, Sidney Weiss, Alexander Treger, Profile Sidney Harth, Profile Martin Chalifour) --
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Ciofi/Giovi, Nahan Franko, Henry Joubert, Clifford Schmidt, Carlos Hasselbrink, Guhlke/Franko, Max Bendix, Eugene Boegner, Gino Nastrucci, Leopold Kramer, Pierre Henrotte, Eugene Dubois, Pierre Henrotte, Stefan Frenkel, Michael Rosenker, Hugo Kolberg, Felix Eyle, Guy Lumia, Elmira Darvarova, Konstantin Stoianov, Nick Eanet, Profile Raymond Gniewek, Profile David Chen) --
Minnesota Orchestra (Frank Danz, Fram Anton Korb, Richard Czerwonky, Guy H. Woodward, Vladimir Graffmann, Alfred Megerlin, Elias Breeskin, Gustav Tinlot, Pierre Henrotte, E. Joseph Shadwick, Harold Ayers, Louis Krasner, Rafael Druian, Norman Carol, Profile Isidor Saslav, Profile Lea Foli, Profile Jorja Fleezanis) --
New York Philharmonic (Edward Woolf, Ureli Corelli Hill, George F. Bristow, Joseph Noll, Franz Herwig, George Matzke, Leopold Meyer, Hermann Brandt, Richard Arnold, Theodore Spiering, Henry P. Schmitt, Leopold Kramer, Maximilian Pilzer, Alfred Megerlin, Gustav Dannreuther, Nahan Franko, Carlos Hasselbrink, Henri Joubert, Clifford Schmidt, Max Bendix, Adolf Brodsky, Jules Conus, Jan Koert, David Mannes, Alexander Saslavsky, Gustave Tinlot, Misch Mischakoff, Michel Gusikoff, Scipione Guidi, Mishel Piastor, John Corigliano, Jacob Krachmalnick, David Nadien, Frank Gullino, Rafael Druian, Eliot Chapo, Rodney Friend, Sidney Harth, Profile Glenn Dicterow) --
Philadelphia Orchestra (Carl Doell, Elkan Kosman, John Marquardt, Hugo Olk, Michael Svedrofsky, Thaddeus Rich, Michel Gusikoff, Mischa Mischakoff, Alexander Hilsberg, Jacob Krachmalnick, David Madison (acting), Anshel Brusilow, Erez Ofer, Profile Norman Carol, Profile David Kim) --
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Paul Listemann, Luigi Maria von Kunits, Fridrich Voelker, Wladislaw Wyganowsky, Eduard Tak, Leo Altman, Elias Breeskin, Charles Marsh, Milton Lomask, Michel Gusikoff, Hugo Kolberg, Henri Temianka, Michael Rosenker, Samuel Thaviu, Fritz Siegal, Profile Andrés Cardenes) --
Toronto Symphony Orchestra (M. Garten, Doneld Heins, Elie Spivak, Hyman Goodman, Gerard Kantarjian, Albert Pratz, Moseh Murvitz, Jascha Milkis, Gerald Jarvis, Philippe Djokic (acting), Profile Steven Staryk, Profile Jacques Israelievitch) --
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra : a summer orchestra (Mischa Mischakoff, Millard Taylor, Gerald Jarvis, Profile Brian Reagin) --
Afterword. Paradox of the concertmaster position --
Appendices. Concert masters and their violins. Premiers performed by America's concertmasters.
Series Title: Detroit monographs in musicology/Studies in music, no. 51.
Responsibility: by Anne Mischakoff Heiles.
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"Despite the pivotal role that concertmasters have played in orchestras, they have seldom enjoyed the spotlight. In America's Concertmasters, however, they become the focus of attention, their life stories illuminating the development of orchestras and how the balance of power between concertmasters and conductors has shifted over the years. This unique book, based on extensive research on more than 180 concertmasters and dozens of interviews, looks at the training and personality traits that have yielded great leaders in the string sections of orchestras in the United States and Canada. After a brief overview of some of the early concertmasters in Europe, twelve chapters present the histories of the concertmaster position in twelve North American orchestras, together with in-depth profiles of twenty-two of the men and women who are the recent and present occupants of the first chair of these symphony and opera orchestras. America's Concertmasters depicts their love affair with violins, their political and psychological acumen, their activism on behalf of their colleagues, and how they model ethical and professional standards. It describes in their words how they advocate for and code authority to the conductor they serve. And it examines how they make musical decisions, react in crises, and in practical ways deal with the pressures of their solo work. In short, it is the story of those special violinists who have been the amalgamating influence in America's orchestras for over a century. Indeed, portions of that story can be read as an extended master class presented by many of North America's top musicians. Included are 71 photographs, 16 tables, and appendices listing the violins that concertmasters have owned or used and the premieres of works they have performed."--Publisher's website.

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