Archiving a Great Violinist with a lecture and concert

Archiving an Unknown Great Violinist- by youtube

Archiving an Unknown Great Violinist- by youtube. The featured picture presents a great violinist to modern America: Many have never heard of Rubinoff and his Violin. This will change.  I promise. He chummed around with top, musical artists from the turn of the 20th century.

Let the Archiving Begin!

For openers, Victor Herbert personally brought him, with his family, to America. By co-incidence, he heard Rubinoff play his graduation recital at the Warsaw Conservatory. Herbert said: “Son, you belong to America.” Herbert was then the conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  John Philip Sousa met him at one of Herbert’s parties.  On the lecture link below is a picture of the American March King with Rubinoff. He arranged for him to play for children all over America. For this purpose, Sousa got a special grant from the United States State Department. Dave Rubinoff then took his fabulous music to the public schools. He blessed children of America with great music for the rest of his live. Often the schools where he played were in remote, rustic settings. However, these lucky youngsters had the pleasure and benefit of great music.

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Rubinoff & His Violin Lecture by David Ohrenstein – YouTube

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Pianist and composer David Ohrenstein shares his experiences as the arranger for Rubinoff and His Violin, a …

 So how do I tie into the Rubinoff Archiving Scene?

The story of how this happened is almost beyond belief. The key person was museum curator- Maestro Joseph Rubin. He oversees the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum in Circleville, Ohio. This outstanding personage had read some of my Rubinoff posts on my website: DSOworks.com.  The museum was sponsoring a Rubinoff concert. Main stage was a 28-piece orchestra. It was comprised of the finest professors of music from leading Ohio universities.  I was asked to participate both as a lecturer and performer. The reason: I both arranged  and accompanied Dave for some 15 years.

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So What’s So Special About the Archiving on the Rubinoff Lecture

My incredible daughter, Kathryn, assembled an extremely important piece of American musicana for youtube. She posted it after countless hours of hard work.  It features Americana pictures never published before.

Beautiful music is about to make a major comeback. Below is a second youtube sample. Maestro Steven Greenman and I perform the Rubinoff/Ohrenstein arrangement of Fiddler on the Roof. So: Sit down. Relax. Enjoy yourself. Have a Rubinoff youtube slug-fest. Please share this with everyone. Help good, solid,enjoyable, and  melodic music make a comeback.

David Ohrenstein Archives – DSO Works

Archiving Rubinoff and His Violin
Violinist Steven Greenman and pianist David Ohrenstein in concert.

pianistic robots; or something like that

Pianistic Robots are Created by Competitions

Pianistic Robots are Created by Competitions. Many aspiring pianists have competed in competitions.  So what is it about competitions that can turn piano players in robots? I like to quote David Dubal. One of my favorite books is his Reflections from the Keyboard. He interviews quite a group of  great pianists in compiling  the book.

David Dubal (born ClevelandOhio) is an American pianistteacherauthorlecturer, broadcaster, and painter.[1 Dubal has given piano recitals and master classes worldwide. He has also judged international piano competitions. Included are  the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition).

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Dubal. through interviews, relates how robotic uniformity is created by competitions.

Dubal’s interview with Jorge Bolet is particularly enlightening. Bolet was born in Havana. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.   Later he taught at Curtis from 1939 to 1942. His teachers included Leopold GodowskyJosef HofmannDavid SapertonMoriz Rosenthal and Fritz Reiner.[2]

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Jorge Bolet interviewed in Reflections from the Keyboard.

He relates the three most important factors of any concert: Composer, performer and the  paying audience. Competitions only have the 1st two. Competitions have done away with the public audience. Incidentally, so has recording and playing on youtube. Mechanical adjustments, corrections and the artifial  assembly of many takes are possible.  Now I will quote Bolet:

How Pianistic Robots are Created

“A young pianist enters a big international competition.There are 15 judges, roughly. The pianists have to get 15 votes. At least that is their aim. They cannot play anything that is going to antagonize any of these 15 people in any way. They cannot do anything that could be considered controversial by any one of them. They cannot do anything that could be considered a personal idea. So, as a result, you hear one, ten,thirty young pianists and they are all alike.They all have exactly the same approach. You never hear anything that you haven’t heard many times before.”

My own piano instructor was Mischa Kottler. He paid an unexpected visit to our family when he was reaching his mid-90’s. My wife and children will never forget the experience. He flew unaccompanied to Sarasota from Detroit. He had on a light blue, French beret. It was as if he had just gotten off the plane from Paris. He studied there in the 1920’s under Alfred Cortôt. Later he went to Vienna and studied with a pupil of Liszt- Emil von Sauer. When you listen to his version of the Minute Waltz, you’ll get an idea of his capabilities- even in his 90’s. He played this waltz for our family. Incidentally, I offer piano lessons in Sarasota.

Happiest Unplanned Moment of My Life and Mischa Kottler – DSOWORKS

Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aziJb4KAcwA
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Following Footsteps of Rubinoff at the Ted Lewis Museum

Following Footsteps of Rubinoff at the Ted Lewis Museum. Joseph Rubin is the museum curator. I was greatly honored to be part of an event.  Youtube excerpts from this concert, just posted, event include  the distinguished and  magnificent 28 piece orchestra.  I proud and happy to say the interview and excerpt are now up and running on youtube.  The orchestra included leading musical university professors from top universities  in Ohio. One rehearsal, and we’re all  on.

For this concert I performed with violinist Maestro Steven Greenman. We did a special arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof: Some 40 years earlier, I arranged over an entire summer with Rubinoff himself. .  This summer I got to perform it with Maestro Steven Greenman. The audience literally went wild with applause!

 

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Ted Lewis and his trademark hat.   He added to his persona the battered silk top hat, which he won in a dice game from a cabbie named “Mississippi.” (The hat became such a familiar symbol that, reportedly, Saks Fifth Avenue borrowed it to create a display around it in one of their windows.)

Rubinoff And His Violin “Pops” Concert

“Rubinoff and his Violin” a name that brings back fond memories for anyone who remembers the golden age of radio. Before Andre Rieu, violinist and conductor, David Rubinoff captured the hearts of millions on the air and record crowds of 225,000 at live concerts.

Rubinoff was discovered by Victor Herbert at the Warsaw’s Royal Conservatory in 1911. who brought the prodigy to the US. In 1931 Rubinoff was signed by NBC to join Eddie Cantor on the Chase and Sanborn radio program, where his orchestra included Benny GoodmanTommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. Inspired by his friend John Philip Sousa, Rubinoff dedicated his life to promoting a love for music in young people, performing at thousands of schools including two concerts in Circleville in 1959 and 1980. A Columbus resident for 15 years, Rubinoff was guest of honor at the Ted Lewis Museum’s opening in 1977.

Now you can experience Rubinoff’s musical memories live for the first time in 80 years, featuring violin virtuoso Steven Greenman and a 28-piece orchestra conducted by Joseph Rubin. Circleville’s own Sarah Julien and winner of the 2018 Ted Lewis Memorial Scholarship will be soprano soloist.

Hear your favorite songs of the 1930s: Smoke Gets In Your EyesCheek To CheekDancing in the DarkSt. Louis Blues and much more, all in Rubinoff’s original arrangements saved from destruction by “The Ambassador of the American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein.

FOLLOWING FOOTSTEPS WITH A PRE-SHOW LECTURE AT 6:15 PM

David Ohrenstein, Rubinoff’s accompanist for 15 years, will share Rubinoff’s fascinating history.  He learned  first hand of his friendships such musical icons as Victor Herbert, John Philip Sousa, Irving Berlin and Enrico Caruso. He will help us all in following footsteps of this musical giant. Even better: Dave Rubinoff and David Ohrenstein performed a concert at Scott’s Oquaga lake House. Hear Rubinoff himself tell stories during this masterful performance at age 86. Enjoy American musical history through the life of a violinist who only spoke beautifully about our country. Please share this and support curator Joseph Rubin’s efforts. They are most worthy!

Also included:  This internal link is an introduction to the man:  Rubinoff and His Violin Archives – DSO Works. 

Only Known Complete Concert Featuring Rubinoff. He was 86 Years of Age. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jujqLu-jrN8

 Jun 22, 2015 – Uploaded by Lesley & Ohrenstein. Part of Following footsteps of Rubinoff. In one of the final years of his life, renowned violinist Dave Rubinoff plays the Stradivarius violin for an …

About the Rubinoff Concert in Circleville with Museum Curator, Maestro Joseph Rubin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7aJZlubqkc
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The music of David Rubinoff comes alive Saturday June 2, 2018 in Circleville. Conductor Joseph Rubin says …

The Ted Lewis Museum

https://www.tedlewismuseum.org/

 

Following footsteps some 45 year later at the Ted Lewis Museum
Sousa paves path for concert violinist David Rubinoff.

Sousa Paves Path for Public School Concerts for Rubinoff

Sousa Paves Path for Public  School Concerts for Rubinoff. John Philip Sousa.  What’s my connection to this blog?  I arranged for and was the piano accompanist for Rubinoff and His Violin (his professional name).  John Philip Sousa (/ˈssə/;[a] November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932 was known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as “The March King”. Sousa was also a great educator.

Sousa Paves Path for Rubinoff and School Concerts

Sousa took a keen interest in promoting good music in public schools. That’s the reason for this featured picture. Sousa planted the seed that gave birth to this picture. Rubinoff performs for a packed house of enthralled high school students. He was responsible for bringing quality music to thousands of students of all ages throughout the country. This was before in school music education was a standard. With so many school music programs being trimmed today, we need to bring these concerts back to the schools.  Good music must survive!

Sousa Paves Path
Maestro and most Honorable John Philip Sousa  helped to set a course for Rubinoff’s career. Sousa Paves Path. 

H0w Did Rubinoff and Sousa Become Acquainted?

Victor Herbert was the Pittsburgh Symphony's first official music director.
Victor Herbert was the Pittsburgh Orchestra’s first official music director.

Important people of the day loved and promoted great music and great talent. If they saw someone had genius, they would lend a helping hand. Musical genius needs support and backing. This happened to Rubinoff. Victor Herbert was on Sabbatical. He went Good news: to Warsaw. Rubinoff was giving his graduation concert at the conservatory. Internal link immediately below explains the story.

Warsaw Concerto Archives – DSO Works

One thing led to another in Rubinoff’s exploding, volcanic rise to fame and fortune. He Lived for his first years in Pittsburgh with Victor Herbert. Dave apprenticed with this great composer of operetta. Herbert was then the conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Here I quote Rubinoff’s book, Dance of the Russian Peasant. ” He (Herbert) would have Sunday night parties, where I met many stars of the day: Caruso, Mme Schumann Heink, Irving Berlin. Will Rogers and Ira and George Gershwin.”  One of the guests was John Philip Sousa.

Good News: Our glorious American past is actually being revived thanks to the curator of the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville, Ohio- Joseph Rubin. He put together an incredible concert that featured the music of David Rubinoff. I (David Ohrenstein) was asked by him to perform with violinist Steven Greenman, Below is our youtube excerpt recorded live in the dedication concert. I’m seated at the piano. Enjoy and share. Most of all, let  curator and maestro Joseph Rubin know how much you appreciate his wonderful patriotic and musical  efforts. Underneath are two links. The lower is to the Ted Lewis. The David Ohrenstein Archives has the link to our concert.

David Ohrenstein Archives – DSO Works

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youtube link is on the David Ohrensein Archives internal link above this picture.

Ted Lewis Museum Link

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The Ted Lewis Museum

https://www.tedlewismuseum.org/

Celebrating the life the preserving the legacy of one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Circleville’s own Ted Lewis (and much more, I might add).

 

Quality not Quantity Becomes the Key Question for People

Quality not Quantity Becomes the Key Question for People. What does that mean? Let’s start by discussing a primary  source of quantity: the periodic chart. It gives defining information of the elements of nature as well as some that are man made. Image result for wiki commons picture of a periodic chart

Above is an elementalal excerpt from a periodic chart. The quantity of  particles determines the substance and properties.

  • Five protons in the nucleus makes an atom of boron.
  • Six, makes an atom of carbon.
  • Seven makes notrogen.
  • etc.

With people  we have a paradox. The elements that make different people are basically the same for everyone. However, with people, quality makes the difference. How agreeable is your personality? Do you finish projects you’ve started?  Do you show your family affection? How well do you do your job?

Quality versus Quantity in Music

Quality is added to life through great compositions
Maurice Ravel at the piano

With the arts: Does your oil painting move others? Did the audience love your piano rendition? Are you leading a happy and rewarding life? These qualities cannot be ascribed to ordinary elements. People have a higher calling than the physical. Some call it soul. Perhaps it’s self-motivation or personality? Perhaps quality is an inherited trait? Whatever it is, it is above the physical plane.

The picture to the right is of Maurice Ravel seated at the piano. His compositions are of exceptional quality. Had he written 10 times as many compositions as he did, but all terrible, no one would have listened to his music.  Because of quality,  he is a highly revered French Impressionistic composer. Below is a sample of my own piano playing with violinist Steven Greenman. The concert was just given in Ohio at the Circleville High School auditorium.

Preview YouTube video Rubinoff’s Fiddler on the Roof – Violin and Piano

I personality love the piano music of Franz Schubert. In addition to great melodies, I find him to be a rare master of rests. He frames his phrases and motifs beautifully with rests. They have tremendous artistic impact- I think more so than any other composer. Hopefully I will soon be posting my own rendition soon of his Sonata Op 120 in A.  Keep checking the site. Thanks.

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Conclusion: We all have quantity. It’s our quality that makes us outstanding as individuals. Feel free to share the post.

Hobnobbing with Excellence and Greatness

Hobnobbing with Giants of of the 1930’s

Hobnobbing with Giants of of the 1930’s. David Rubinoff is the conductor in this most rare featured 1933 picture. Benny Goodman is the 2nd saxophonist from the right.  It is offered by the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville.  For the best time of your life, visit this museum. Please support the museum. All donations are tax deductible. They are keeping our wonderful, American, big band tradition alive. My connection: I was Rubinoff’s personal arranger and accompanist for 15 years. We started our association in 1971. I was a senior in the music program at Wayne State University at that time.  Currently, I hold a Master of Music degree from Wayne State.

Now a Drum Roll, Please, for the Hobnobbing

Joseph Rubin is the curator of the big band, Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville. He sponsored me to be part of a special Rubinoff and His Violin commemoration concert. My Rubinoff association association lasted until 1986. That is the year he passed away. The Circleville, Rubinoff event was this last June 2, 2018. I was asked to deliver a half-hour lecture on Rubinoff. Also, I played piano for Rubinoff’s favorite arrangement. We made it together. It highlights a selection of  numbers from The Fiddler on the Roof. Click the link below. Even to this day, as you will hear, the audience still responds with wild enthusiasm. Maestro Steven Greenman masterfully plays the violin.

Hobnobbing with the master hobnobber, Rubinoff and His Violin
Here I am delivering my Rubinoff lecture in Circleville. It will soon be posted on youtube.

Hobnobbing with the Greats in Show Business

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There I am on the lower right side with Rubinoff. He was in his eighties.

For this post I even have a featured story. Rubinoff personally related it to me. It is also documented in his book: Dance of the Russian Peasant. The book was dictated to his last wife, Darlene.  The story involves Rubinoff , Benny Goodman and Ted Lewis. They were part of a benefit concert in San Francisco. This was the early 1930’s. The trio went marching through the hotel lobby on route to the elevator. They were dressed to the nines. Ted Lewis was sporting his famous hat and cane. All the way they were singing “Me and My Shadow.” Dave Rubinoff said: “The guests loved our shananigans. We had lots of fun in those days.”

More will be posted in the near future. Please, feel free to share this post.  Ted Lewis expressed an innermost wish with his famous expression: “ Is everybody happy?  Just below is a link to the Ted Lewis Museum. Also, let the distinguished curator, Joseph Rubin, know about your interest.  Finally, underneath the museum link is another link. It has yet another Rubinoff story, only posted on our own DSOworks website.

Ted Lewis Museum (@TedLewisMuseum) | Twitter

Lecture Magic for Me in Circleville Thanks to Rubinoff – DSO Works

 

 

Preview YouTube video Rubinoff’s Fiddler on the Roof – Violin and Piano

Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill In England Tells Quite a Story by Measurement

Silbury Hill In England Tells Quite a Story by Measurement. How can you tell a story by measurement? At one time letters doubled as numbers. One symbol could represent both. This was called gematria– a Greek word. Numbers then can be understood as words, or even concepts.  Several monuments were built around  Avebury  in Wiltshire.  Silbury Hill was built as a  landmark Neolithic monument.

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This famous hill is certainly a wonder of the ancient worlld

The hill has a unique latitude location: Divide the northern hemisphere into seven equal segments:

  • Karnak is found on the 2nd division.
  • Delphi on the third.
  • Silbury hill is on the 4th.
  • Its exterior angle, in turn, has the same latitude as the Gizeh plain. That is the location of the Great Pyramid

The  hill was developed in stages, over hundreds of years.  My primary source was Stonehenge and its Mysteries by Michael Balfour, Charles Scribner, NY, 1980. Much is also available on line:

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This book also discusses Silbury Hill.
  • . Currently it forms a perfect circle. The diameter is 550 feet.
  • It was also originally a circle.  This was the 1st phase. The diameter was 120 feet. Circumference was 377 feet.

How Can these Silbury Hill Numbers Be Read?

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The Master Code for Ancient Civilizations is Here

Our little “grain of mustard seed” has countless hidden codes. It has the potential to revive a Golden Age of Peace and Plenty. The hidden codes frame the Fibonacci series by sequences of fives. This smallest of number squares (3 x3) gives birth to the series. Next, here’s how 377 is a Fibonacci number. The series begins: 1,1,2,3,5 (the first number out of consecutive number sequence), 8,13, 21, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610… Please note the Beethoven internal link. Beethoven uses the 377 as a sectional group of measures. The original circumference of Silbury was 377  feet.  With Beethoven, it is found in his Fifth Symphony. He deliberately made the opening 5 measures long. Usually musical thought comes in multiples of 4 bars.

Beethoven: His Fibonacci Fifth – DSO Works

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Note the usual 4 bars, almost always used by composers of music,  becomes 5 bars in the hands of the Great Master, Ludwig van Beethoven!
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Tens: Here’s the Formula on How Tens Grow into Infinity – DSO Works

Also be sure to read the above 2nd internal link. You’ll discover how repeated fives take hold of this number square by opposite pairs of numbers.

Back to Silbury and its original diameter: You can find 15 in  8 distinct straight line totals:  3 are vertical. 3 are horizontal, 2 are diagonal. 3 + 3 + 2 = 8. Next, the product of these eight:  8 x 15 = 120. The diameter of the 1st phase of the Silbury Hill was 120 feet.

The Next Phase of Silbury Hill also Draws on the 3 x 3 Number Square

Land ahoy! The expert a claims southern Britain was a series of islands linked by waterways, channels and swollen rivers, and that Stonehenge was effectively located on the coast. The mound (pictured) would have acted as a lighthouse and harbour for those travelling by boat

Finally,  the 2nd phase has a diameter of 550 feet. Like, I stated, repeated fives are part of a hidden code. The code is amply described in many of the 510 posts currently on DSOworks.com. That makes a circumference of 1728 feet. Note in the picture below how 1728 was traditionally used on the number square. This square has been historically divided into a 4 number corner: The left over 5 numbers was called its gnomon. Below is strong connection between the Great Pyramid and Silbury Hill. The circle around the truncated Great Pyramid and its mirrored underground image is 550 cubits. The circle around this diameter is 1728 cubits. The numbers employed by the Great Pyramid and Silbury Hill are the same. An illustration of the gnomon and corners used by both structures is given below. Incidentally, the corner numbers multiplied approximates the Palestianian cubit of 2.107 feet. 5 x 7 x 6 x 1 = 210. The larger Egyptian cubit is 1.728 feet. Again, this measure comes from the 5 numbered gnomon. Silbury Hill and the Great Pyramid were both built developed primarily to illustrate the various ways the 3 x 3 number square can be used.

Mirrored pyramid is implied by the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

 

 

 

Glamorous Past

Glamorous Past Found in Glamorous Music of Rubinoff

Glamorous Past Found in Glamorous Music of Rubinoff.  Rubinoff  was one of my primary mentors. Under him I learned the art of arranging.  Arranging “involves adding compositional techniques. This includes new thematic material for introductionstransitions, or modulations, and endings. . . . Arranging is the art of giving an existing melody musical variety”.[2] Rubinoff always had access to the finest arrangers.  He conducted the orchestras at the New York and Brooklyn Paramount Theaters. He also conducted for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. This was in the late 1920’s and early  1930’s. In the featured picture he is billed with Rudy Vallee at the Brooklyn Paramount. Rubinoff is on the right pillar. Rudy Vallee, on the left. Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich are centered between on the movie poster. Rubinoff chummed with all the stars. Yet surprisingly so few today have heard of him.

Preview YouTube video Rubinoff’s Fiddler on the Roof – Violin and Piano.

So What Brought About this Glamorous Past Post?

I was called by Maestro Joseph Rubin. The purpose was to perform at his Rubinoff and His Violin concert. It was  sponsored by the Ted Lewis Museum. Can you imagine?  More than 30 years after passing away, Dave Rubinoff is still doing favors for me? He was the grandfather I never got to know. Both the orchestral conductor and museum curator is Joseph Rubin.  Master folk violinist, Steven Greenman, is the soloist.  They are both pictured below with the orchestra. Above on youtube Steve and I are playing the arrangement I made with  Rubinoff.  It was our violin/piano arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof.  Date of creation was the mid 1970’s.  Now, for the 1st time, you can listen to it on the youtube link posted above. The concert was videoed live at the Circleville High School in Circleville Ohio.    If you would like to help the cause help of good music, please feel free to share this post with friends!

Also, see my internal link below. It has a concert on youtube  I gave it with Rubinoff in New York’s Catskill Mountains.  He was 86 years of age at the time. You will learn facts about American musical history never before recorded. It also illuminates our glamorous past.  He liked to speak to the audience at his concerts. His best friend, Will Rogers,  taught him how to “break the 4th wall”. To my knowledge this is a most “rare concert recording”. Possibly it is the only record is existence of a full Rubinoff concert. `

Glamorous past coming to life in concert at Circleville High School.
The performance level of the professors of music from some of the leading universities was heavenly. Steven Greenman is playing the violin. Joseph Rubin is conducting.

Rubinoff and His Violin Sort of Was My Grandfather – DSO Works

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms – His Life was Marked by Extremes

Johannes Brahms – His Life was Marked by Extremes. This is especially true with the ladies. He had a difficult time striking a happy medium. After Schubert, Brahms has become my favorite composer.  His music has such a soul searching quality. I feel musically he was always searching for ideal love. Brahms was also charitable. To help out his family, he gave music lessons. He also played the piano in taverns, bordellos and local dance halls in his early teens. He never married. I quote The Classical Music Experience by Julius H. Jacobson. In his chapter about Brahms:”That (taverns) was my first impression of women…..And you expect me to honor them as you do?” The constant rough work with irregular hours affected his health. However, his attitude toward Robert and his wife, Clara Schumann, was totally different.

Read more: http://www.notablebiographies.com/Be-Br/Brahms-Johannes.html#ixzz5NGRMCrcP
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Clara Schumann and Brahms become best friends after her husband,composer Robert Schumann, passed away.

Brahms first visited the couple in Düsseldorf on 30 September 1853. Both welcomed him warmly. Robert was highly enthusiastic about the young man’s compositions.  He went so far as to call the coming savior of German music! 

However, Robert Schumann was becoming more and more unbalanced. He  attempted suicide and was hospitalized. Brahms often visited Schumann in the hospital, . His friends, Joseph Joachim and Albert Dietrich, came with him. Brahms then lived with Clara and the children in the Schumann house. He became was helplessly in love with Clara. He wrote in frustration during 1855: “I can do nothing but think of you… What have you done to me? Can’t you remove the spell you have cast over me?”  All accounts point to them as having had a strictly Platonic relationship.

How Johannes Brahms Paralleled Scott Joplin in America

Scott Joplin Archives – DSO Works

Scott Joplin, like Brahms, played bordellos and taverns for income. He was also hailed by Europeans as the first great, original, legit, American composer. Kaiser Wilhelm of Austria is quoted as saying, at last someone has produced authentic, original American music. The King loved ragtime! Joplin officiated the American style of fun and syncopation. In this way he was not only a savior, but also, the father of American music. Enjoy my rendition of Scott Joplin’s Entertainer.

Conclusion: It’s fun to make comparisons. Who would ever think to compare Johannes Brahms with Scott Joplin? And yes, I have one or two openings for piano students in Sarasota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy Making Millions

Busy Making Millions During the Great Depression

Busy Making Millions During the Great Depression. That’s what a violinist I worked with was doing. My picture with him is on the lower right corner on the program. The program also has pictures (from upper left to right) of him with Fritz Kreisler, Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers, and Bing Crosby. Dave holds the record for concert attendance. 225,000 at Grant Park in Chicago. That was in the year 1937. Rubinoff proudly asserted: “They turned away another 25,000 at the door.”

Picture of Grant Park in Chicago where Rubinoff played for 225,000 in 1937. You can see how Rubinoff was busy making millions.

He also conducted the orchestra for the Paramount Theater and Paramount Pictures. His stage name was Rubinoff and His Violin. His name is featured above on the movie marquee. Thanks a Million is a 1935 musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth. It stars Dick PowellAnn Dvorak and Fred Allen.  Musicians featured were Patsy KellyDavid Rubinoff, Paul Whiteman and his band with singer/pianist Ramona. That movie was featured just before a concert I gave. It is mentioned on the picture above. The entire event commemorated his memory.The orchestra was conducted by Maestro Joseph Rubin. Maestro Steven Greenman was the violinist I accompanied. Before the concert I gave a lecture on my association with Dave Rubinoff.

So Why Have So Few Today Heard of  Him if He was Busy Making Millions?

I think the answer is resentment. Also, everyone was jealous. The average musician was struggling to make a living. Especially during the Great Depression. Rubinoff was a perfectionist. He was adamant in his interpretations. He was incredibly precise. This created even more resentment and jealousy. Just listen to the youtube sample below. As a matter a fact, listen to everything available about Rubinoff and learn.  I think the picture below speaks miles. Regardless, I am honored to have my photo with Rubinoff in the Ted Lewis Museum. The museum is an outstanding tourist attraction.

Rubinoff gave America hope during the Great Depression. Americans loved him.

 

Rubinoff and His Violin Concert – June 2, 2018 – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hy8M_gDnoQ
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The Ted Lewis Museum presents Rubinoff and his Violin “Pops” Concert, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7 PM at …