February 2, 1875, Vienna – January 29, 1962, New York City
Friedrich „Fritz” Kreisler was an Austrian-born violinist and a “secret” composer of short violin pieces. One of the most famous violin masters of his or any other day, and regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately recognizable as his own. Although he derived in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school, his style is nonetheless reminiscent of the gemütlich (cozy) lifestyle of pre-war Vienna.
Fritz Kreisler plays his own piece named „Liebesleid”
At age seven Kreisler entered the Vienna Conservatory, and from 1885 to 1887 he studied composition and violin at the Paris Conservatory. After a successful concert tour of the United States (1888–89), he returned to Vienna to study medicine. He subsequently studied art in Paris and Rome and served as an officer in the Austrian army. In 1899 he returned to the stage as a concert violinist and became one of the most successful virtuosos of his time.
Niccolo Paganini – Violin Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 6, Part I
Kreisler’s technique was characterized by an intensive vibrato and an economy in bowing. In 1910 he gave the first performance of Sir Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto, dedicated to him. After 1915 he lived mainly in the United States but continued to tour widely in Europe. His concert programs frequently included many short pieces by him, among them “Caprice Viennois” (“Viennese Caprice”) and “Schön Rosmarin” (“Pretty Rosemary”).
Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 • Conductor Sir John Barbirolli
His Classical Manuscripts, published as his arrangements of works by Antonio Vivaldi, François Couperin, Johann Stamitz, Padre Martini, and others, were admitted in 1935 to be works of his own.
Kreisler: 2 hours of Perfection – 38 short pieces, written or arranged by Fritz Kreisler
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2 februarie 1875, Viena – 29 ianuarie 1962, New York City
Friedrich „Fritz” Kreisler a fost un violonist originar din Austria și compozitor de piese scurte pentru vioară. Unul dintre cei mai cunoscuți maeștri ai viorii, considerat unul dintre cei mai mari violoniști din toate timpurile, cunoscut pentru tonul său dulce și frazarea expresivă. La fel ca mulți mari violoniști ai generației sale, el a creat un sunet characteristic, imediat recunoscut ca fiind al său.
Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 • Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Conductor Leo Blech