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


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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It was Louis Kaufman, perhaps more than any other single performer, who gave American film music its voice." - Jim Svejda, from the foreword

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Sheridan on September 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By musician-violinist on June 8, 2009
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Alderson on January 18, 2004
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Lovers of the violin and modern art will enjoy this fascinating story of Louis Kaufman (1905-1994), known as "a violinist's violinist" during his career from the 1920s to the 1970s, and one of the first American violinists to be celebrated worldwide. Mr. Kaufman tells about making music here and in Europe with many of the top musicians of the 20th Century. Louis and Annette Kaufman were also great collectors of art, focusing on Milton Avery and other modern artists, and their passion for art is also in this book. Mr. Kaufman can be heard on many of the classic movies of the 1930s and 40s, when he worked in Hollywood as concertmaster and soloist in films such as "To Have and Have Not," "Top Hat," and "Key Largo." He was also a leader in the rediscovery of the violin concertos of Vivaldi, and an enthusiastic exponent of many works by contemporary composers. A CD of selections from Louis Kaufman's recordings ranging from Vivaldi to Copland comes with the book.
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By Peter Reisz on February 4, 2014
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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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