First published in 1969, The Sisters d' Aranyi traces the careers, personalities and musical development of Jelly d’ Aranyi and Adila Fachiri, outstanding violinists in Britain and Hungarian great nieces of Josef Joachim, with insight and a wealth of anecdote and description. The book contains fresh lights on figures such as Joachim himself, Elgar, Ravel and Vaughan Williams, Casals, Suggia, and Myra Hess, Aldous Huxley, Einstein and Schweitzer, Balfour, Asquith and Neville Chamberlain. There are illuminating comments on music from Bach to the present day, and also a chapter on the mysterious affair of the Imprisoned Schumann Violin Concerto, and how it was found and liberated. These two consummate musicians were, however, part of a movement towards greater sincerity in music- a tendency not yet sufficiently recorded by musicologists. To set them in their time, this biography contains a most readable history of music in Britain with some original observations on the nature of music itself in performance. This book is an essential read for students of music, music history, literature, performance studies, for violin players and also for general music lovers.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Three Sisters 1. Childhood in Budapest 2. Music Prospect 3. Violins and Fiddles 4. To the Death of Joachim 5. Via Elsewhere to England 6. Music in Britain and Abroad 7. An advantage of High Society 8. Enemy Aliens 9. Wartime Music PART II: Jelly D ’Aranyi 10. Drawing Flames 11. Bela Bartok 12. Ravel: Vaughan Williams: Szymanowsky 13. Variations on Various Themes 14. Myra Hess and America 15. The Truth about the Schumann Concerto 16. The Pilgrimage of Compassion Part III: Adila Fachiri 17. Divisions on a Ground 18. The House in Netherton Grove 19. Last years Epilogue at Bellosguardo Index of Music and Musicians Additional notes and References Index