Adolf Busch : The Life of an Honest Musician. Volume One: 1891-1939. VolumeTwo: 1939-52. First Edition in dustjackets

By: POTTER, Tully

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POTTER, Tully. Adolf Busch : The Life of an Honest Musician. Volume One: 1891-1939. Volume Two: 1939-52. (London) : Toccata Press, (2010). First Edition. Pp (13),14-702,(2); (8),705-1423,(7). Illustrated. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spines.

Adolf Georg Wilhelm Busch (b August 8, 1891, Siegen, Westphalia – d. June 9, 1952, Guilford, Vermont).

Tully Potter (b. 1942, Edinburgh).

"Adolf Busch (1891-1952) was not only an all-round musician; he was also a moral beacon in troubled times. Now remembered as the first violin of the Busch String Quartet, which he founded in 1912, he was the greatest quartet-player of the last century and also the busiest solo violinist of the inter-War years, regularly performing the great concertos with such conductors as Toscanini, Walter, Furtwängler, Boult, Barbirolli and many others. He was, moreover, an outstanding composer whose works enjoyed performances both at home in Germany and further afield.

But at the peak of his popularity his profound sense of decency and his simple human dignity brought about a dramatic reversal in his fortunes. His courageous decision to boycott his native country from April 1933 - despite Hitler's efforts to persuade 'our German violinist' to return - drastically reduced his income and damaged his career as soloist and composer. In 1938, because of Mussolini's race laws, he imposed a similar boycott on Italy, where he had been one of the most popular of classical performers. The following year he emigrated with his quartet colleagues to the United States, where he was not fully appreciated, although he had many successes with his chamber orchestra and founded the Marlboro summer school.

This biography, based on more than thirty years' research, documents Busch's life, examining his exemplary behaviour in the context of the tumultuous period in which he lived. 'Adolf is a saint', declared Arturo Toscanini. And Sir Ernest Gombrich said of Busch: 'He was exactly as he played - there was not a false tone in him'." (from the dj).

Contents :
Volume One: 1891–1939.
Dedication.
Introduction.
Acknowledgements.
I. The Busch Family.
II. The Prodigy.
III. The Cologne Conservatory.
IV. The Young Virtuoso.
V. The Vienna Years.
VI. Berlin and Busoni.
VII. The Darmstadt Days.
VIII. Burgeoning in Basel.
IX. The Break.
X. Busch the Man.
XI. The Chamber Players.
XII. The Lucerne Festival.

Volume Two: 1939–52.
XIII. The New World.
XIV. Between Two Continents.
XV. The Marlboro School of Music.

Appendices :
1. Busch and the Violin.
2. Repertoire and Taste.
3. Busch as Interpreter: Comments on his Performances.
4. Busch the Teacher.
5. Busch and the Viola.
6. Six Tributes.
I. Joseph Szigeti on Adolf Busch.
II. Max Strub on Adolf Busch.
III. A Letter from a Member of the Busch Little Symphony.
IV. Edith Eisler: ‘Recollections of Adolf Busch’.
V. Yehudi Menuhin: ‘Fritz and Adolf Busch’.
VI. Sir Adrian Boult: ‘!e Busch Brothers’.
7. The Busch Ensembles.
The Busch Quartet.
The Busch / Serkin Duo.
The Busch Trio.
The Busch Chamber Players.
8. The Art of Ensemble Playing, by Adolf Busch.
9. Adolf Busch Discusses Ways of Musical Progress.
10. Colleagues and Contemporaries: Personalia.

11. Busch on Record: A Complete Discography, with Commentary.
12. Busch the Composer: Commentaries and Worklist.
Select Bibliography.
Index to Discography.
Index of Busch’s Compositions.
General Index.

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Title: Adolf Busch : The Life of an Honest Musician. Volume One: 1891-1939. VolumeTwo: 1939-52. First Edition in dustjackets

Author Name: POTTER, Tully

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Publisher: Toccata Press, London, 2010, ISBN:9780907689508: 2010

ISBN Number: 0907689507

ISBN Number 13: 9780907689508

Seller ID: 115995

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