Music confers royalty as in Duke Ellington

Music Confers Royalty in the United States

Music Confers Royalty in the United States. What is the usual definition of royalty? Here is Wikipedia’s take:

  • Kingship
  • Royal family, the immediate family of a king or queen regnant, and sometimes his or her extended family
  • Royalty payment for use of software, such as music, or natural resources. Thus, even payment for musical composition confers royalty.

In the US one can acquire royalty. This is particularly true through music. Many, with royal additions to their names, have had humble beginnings. The list includes our featured Duke Ellington. We also find Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince and Queen Latifa. Most of these “royal” musicians had humble beginnings.

Music confers royalty in the US
Both monetarily and by recognition, music confers royalty.

Music Confers Royalty in the United States

Dave made as much as $500,00.00 annually during the 1930’s playing his violin and conducting the orchestra for Paramount Theater in New York and Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

Being a musician in the US can generate immense wealth. Royalty is then acquired by money. Those who have read some of my posts know I worked with Rubinoff and His Violin. I recently gave a concert in Circleville Ohio. It was sponsored by Maestro Joseph Rubin. He is also the curator of the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. Rubinoff passed away in 1986. However, his legend is alive. Violinist Steven Greenman and I played the Fiddler on the Roof violin/piano arrangement I had made with Rubinoff.  This was over 30 years earlier.  Dave Rubinoff grew up in total poverty in the Ukraine.

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Dave’s wealth generated through music was legendary. Many were jealous.

Then, along came John Philip Sousa. He heard him play his graduation concert at the Warsaw Conservatory. As a result, Sousa brought Rubinoff with his entire family to America in 1911. The violin became the royal part of Dave Rubinoff’s title in 1929: “Rubinoff and His Violin”. It belonged to Czar Nicholas II of Russia. The violin was handed down through the royal Russian line to this last of  the czars. David purchased it at the Wurlitzer auction in New York. This was just before the Great Depression.  Then literally, with his royal violin, Rubinoff acquired the wealth of a king.  The violin had the official crest of the Russian Empire. It was set with diamonds and rubies. At the concert I  gave a half hour lecture on our association. Check the internal link below.

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

Commemoration Concert for Rubinoff and His Violin – DSO Works

Conclusion: Parents: Give your children the benefit of a musical education. Benefits are countless. To this end I offer piano lessons in Sarasota.