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Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday   By: (1856-1953)

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Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday by Henry Charles Lahee is a mesmerizing journey through the lives and accomplishments of some of the most celebrated violinists in history. With meticulous research and a keen understanding of the subject matter, Lahee takes readers on an unforgettable exploration of the world of violin music.

One of the most impressive aspects of this book is the comprehensive nature of the author's approach. Lahee masterfully covers both modern-day virtuosos and legendary figures from the past. From Niccolò Paganini and Pablo de Sarasate to contemporary luminaries like Itzhak Perlman and Hilary Hahn, the book offers a well-rounded perspective on the evolution of violin playing over time.

What sets this book apart is not just the biographical sketches of famous violinists, but also the captivating anecdotes and historical context provided. Lahee's ability to weave engaging stories around these musicians makes the book more than a mere catalog of accomplishments. He delves into their struggles, triumphs, and the unique qualities that defined their artistry, immersing readers in the world of these extraordinary individuals.

The author's writing style is both accessible and engaging, making even the most technical aspects of violin playing understandable for readers of all backgrounds. Lahee's passion for the subject matter shines through every page, making it evident that this book is a labor of love. Whether you are a seasoned musician or a casual appreciator of classical music, you will find yourself engrossed in the rich tapestry of stories presented here.

Furthermore, Lahee's attention to detail is commendable. He provides readers with a wealth of information about each violinist, including their training, major performances, and significant contributions to the art form. Additionally, the book features stunning photographs of the violinists, evoking a palpable sense of connection with these influential figures.

If there is one small criticism, it would be the lack of representation of lesser-known violinists or those from underrepresented backgrounds. While Lahee focuses primarily on the most prominent artists, including more diverse perspectives could have enriched the narrative further.

In conclusion, Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday is a captivating ode to the world of violin music. Henry Charles Lahee's meticulous research and compelling storytelling make this book a must-read for anyone with an interest in classical music. It not only celebrates the mastery of famous violinists but also fosters an appreciation for the profound impact they have had on the history of music.

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[Illustration: OLE BULL]

Famous Violinists of To day and Yesterday


Henry C. Lahee


Boston The Page Company Publishers


Ninth Impression, February, 1912 Tenth Impression, January, 1916



In "Famous Violinists" the writer has endeavoured to follow the same general plan as in "Famous Singers," viz., to give a "bird's eye view" of the most celebrated violinists from the earliest times to the present day rather than a detailed account of a very few. Necessarily, those who have been prominently before the public as performers are selected in preference to those who have been more celebrated as teachers.

It was at first intended to arrange the chapters according to "schools," but it soon became evident that such a plan would lead to inextricable confusion, and it was found best to follow the chronological order of birth.

The "Chronological Table" is compiled from the best existing authorities, and is not an effort to bring together a large number of names. If such were the desire, there would be no difficulty in filling up a large volume with names of the violinists of good capabilities, who are well known in their own cities.

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