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Einstein Played Second Fiddle, The Life of William Hymanson a musician and scholar (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Marsha Hymanson

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From a childhood of poverty in the tenements of the lower eastside of Manhattan to a life as a respected musician who associated with the most famous musicians of the 20th century, this biography paints a wonderful picture.

This is a book desribed by many of its readers as fascinating and well written.

William Hymanson, the son of Polish, Jewish immigrants, began his escape from his impoverished background through his talent on the violin. At age 14, in 1928, he was admitted to the Juilliard. Graduating from three of their programs (High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate), he became a violinist and an artist.

Hymanson was asked by his master teacher, Sascha Jacobsen, to join the Musical Art Quartet, then the most prestigious in the nation, as a violist. As a result, he was introduced to the world of the musical and cultural elite of this country, four of whom patronized the Quartet.

Because of his years in the Musical Art Quartet, Hymanson played string quartets on numerous occasions with Jascha Heifetz at his home, met Alma Gluck and Efrem Zimbalist and Mischa Elman, as well as other famous musicians of the day. At the concerts given by the patrons of the Quartet, he met such luminaries as Justice Felix Frankfurter, Grant Wood, and Thomas Mann.

He regularly played string quartets with Albert Einstein. Einstein played second fiddle (hence the title).

When the Quartet began to decline after Pearl Harbor, Hymanson became the principal violist to the Baltimore Symphony. The Quartet continued, on a limited basis, until the Army drafted him in 1944.

The Army recognized his talents and placed him in Special Services, where he entertained the troops and performed at war bond rallies. His young wife and daughter followed him when he was assigned to bases in the deep south. This leads to amusing and not so amusing stories from his war years.

After the war, the family moved to Los Angeles, where Hymanson established himself as one of the top recording and movie studio violinists in the area. He made hundreds of movies, many among the best known and beloved. He recorded with such stars as Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand

He also returned to his first love-chamber music-founding the Scripps Chamber Music Players and the Pacific String Quartet, both of which achieved critical acclaim.

Hymanson also joined the faculty of the Claremont Graduate School and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

From the age of 14, Hymanson set out on the path to also make him a scholor. At that young age, he taught himself Hebrew from a library book and continued studying the Bible and its commentataries for the next 82 years, continuing to this day. He also taught himself ancient Greek, Latin, and modern Italian, reading in each language.

The reader will get a glimpse into a magical, but true, life that exemplifies the American Dream of pulling oneself up by his bootstraps.

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  • Editeur : Marsha Hymanson (10 décembre 2009)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful memoir of a great musician. 18 décembre 2009
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A beautifully written and well researched memior of one of the great classical musicians of the 20th century, William Hymanson. Written by his daughter, "Einstein Played Second Fiddle" traces the life of Bill Hymanson from the tenements of New York City through his formal education at the Julliard School to his practical education as a student and later collaborator and partner of the famous violinist, Sascha Jacobson, and to a long and varied career with chamber orchestras and musical quartets. He participated as part of the instrumentals in many of the major popular albums of the 1960's and 1970's such as with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, and Earth, Wind & Fire among many others.

Many noted 20th century musicians and entertainers that Bill interacted with are chronicled here as well such as the DeMille sisters, Efram Zimbalist, Frank Sheridan and Akira Endo. One famous person, who was NOT a professional musician, but who nevertheless had a passion for the classics was Albert Einstein who played with Bill's group in a charming story that inspired this book's title.

As I mentioned, the book is well researched and not simply a tale directly from Bill himself, although certainly the central point is Bill's life. The author documents her notes which will assist in further study. Anyone who is interested in the music arts from the 20th century will be inspired to read this book.
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