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A Fiddler's Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me Hardcover – June 30, 2003

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"It was Louis Kaufman, perhaps more than any other single performer, who gave American film music its voice."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299183807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299183806
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,083,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I always enjoy reading biographys of well-known, creative people. In many instances their lives are more interesting and . surprising than any fictional novel. Autobiographies such as this one are aspecially enlightening since they provide first-hand accounts of events rather second hand, albeit well-researched, information.
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This memoir was written by one of the greatest American violinists of the twentieth century, and he recounts an extraordinary life in music. Born in 1905, Louis Kaufman studied and played violin with many of the big names of that era. He eventually became the most sought after violin soloist in Hollywood, playing in around 500 films, including Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wuthering Heights, The Grapes of Wrath, and Spartacus. The book includes a music CD with Kaufman's performances.
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A Fiddler's Tale is a wonderful tribute to two fine musicians. Both Annette and Louis Kaufman were great performers. After the passing of Louis, Annette completed this book for her husband. Yes, how many of us would if we rose to the top of a profession give up our first love or stop growing at all. Louis was in Hollywood as the top soloist/concertmaster yet he continued performing recitals and recording beautiful performances of old and new music in NY and elsewhere. Their friendships with many composers gave birth to many wonderful new works as is recalled in the book. He is the first in modern time to play and record Vivaldi's Four Seasons! The Kaufmans grew in knowledge of art together and bought great art from their artist friends. Now many of these items have been donated to major institutions. One interesting fact is that the book is available in hard cover, CD (read by Mrs. Kaufman) and recently published in a Chinese translation! Please enjoy the CD of performances from 1942-52 that is included in the book.
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Given the fact that Louis Kaufman is "the most heard violinist in history" (thanks to his career as concertmaster of film studio orchestras),

I was expecting quite a bit more out of this thick, dust-jacketed volume.

There are some great anecdotes and interesting material about Kaufman's early days as a young violinist studying with the great pedagogue Kneisel in New York, moving out to Hollywood, hearing the scores for such films as "Gone With the Wind" WHILE they were being written, finding unknown opuses by Vivaldi, and premiering new works. However, this is all surrounded by uninteresting, self-important material about all the expensive artwork and stuff he was buying with his checks from the film recordings, and the world traveling that he and his wife Annette were doing and the people they met. There's even a separately inserted color-plate section in the book of his favorite paintings!! As a violinist, I'd much rather have had a shorter volume that cut out all the extraneous stuff and just focused on his life as a musician.
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