Fritz Kreisler biography
 

Fritz Kreisler

Fritz Kreisler Biography


Fritz Kreisler (February 2, 1875 – January 29, 1962) was an Austrian violinist and composer, one of the most famous of his day.

Kreisler was born in Vienna. He studied at the conservatoires there and in Paris, where his teachers included Léo Delibes, Joseph Hellmesberger, and Joseph Massart. He made his first tour of America in 1888–89, then returned to Austria and applied for a position in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He was turned down, and left music to study first medicine, then painting. He spent a brief time in the army before returning to the violin 1899, giving a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arthur Nikisch. It was this concert and a series of American tours from 1901 to 1903 that brought him real acclaim.

In 1910, Kreisler gave the premiere of Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto, a work dedicated to him. He briefly served in the Austrian Army in World War I before being honourably discharged after he was wounded. He spent the remaining years of the war in America. He returned to Europe in 1924, living first in Berlin, then moving to France in 1938. Shortly thereafter, he settled once again in America, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1943. He lived in that country for the rest of his life. He gave his last public concert in 1947 and broadcasted performances for a few years after that. He died in New York City in 1962.

Kreisler wrote a number of pieces for the violin, some of them in the style of other composers. Many of these works were originally ascribed to earlier composers such as Gaetano Pugnani and Giuseppe Tartini until Kreisler revealed in 1935 that they were actually by him. When critics complained, Kreisler answered that critics had already deemed the compositions worthy: 'The name changes, the value remains'. He also wrote operettas (including Apple Blossoms (1919)), a string quartet and cadenzas, including one for the Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto. His cadenza for Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto is the one most often employed by violinists today.

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The Fritz Kreisler Collection (Original Compositions/Transcriptions/Cadenzas for Violin and Piano). Arranged by Fritz Kreisler. For violin and piano. Masters Collection. 20th Century. Difficulty: medium. Piano/violin book (includes separate violin performance part). Introductory text

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Praeludium and Allegro (In the Style of Pugnani) (in the Style of Pugnani). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). For violin and piano. 20th Century. Set of performance parts. Bowings and fingerings. 12 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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The Fritz Kreisler Collection - Volume 2 "(Transcriptions & Arrangements, Original Compositions for Violin and Piano). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Edited by Eric Wen. For violin and piano. The Fritz Kreisler Collection. Classical and 20th Century. Collection and set of performance parts. Intr

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"Fritz Kreisler Collection, Volume 3" "(Corelli, Tartini & Paganini A La Kreisler). Edited by Eric Wen. For Violin. Masters Collection. This folio contains twelve Kreisler arrangements of pieces from these violinist-composers, and three never-before published, ""La folia"" Variations. Classic

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Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). For violin and piano accompaniment. 20th Century. Difficulty: medium. Set of performance parts (includes separate pull-out violin part). Standard notation. 7 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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Praeludium and Allegro (in Style of Gaetano Pugnani). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Violin. Schott. 10 pages. Schott Music #BSS29023. Published by Schott Music

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Melodie By Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714-1787). Arranged by Fritz Kreisler. For violin and piano. 20th Century. Difficulty: medium. Piano/violin single (includes separate pull out performance part for violin). Standard notation. 3 pages. Published by Carl F

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Sicilienne and Rigaudon (In the style of Francoeur). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). For violin and piano. 20th Century. Set of performance parts. Bowings and fingerings. 9 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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Eighteenth Variation From Rapsodie On A Theme Of Paganini (From Rapsodie On A Theme of Paganini: for Violin and Piano). By Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). Arranged by Fritz Kreisler. For violin and piano. 20th Century and Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Piano/violin single (includes separate pull out perf

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Spanish Dance (Danse Espagnole) (from La vida breve). By Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). Arranged by Fritz Kreisler. Schott. 16 pages. Schott Music #BSS31837. Published by Schott Music

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Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill' By Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770). Edited by Fritz Kreisler. For violin and piano. Published by International Music Company

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Songs My Mother Taught Me By Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Arranged by Fritz Kreisler. For violin and piano. Classical Period and 20th Century. Set of performance parts. Bowings and fingerings. 6 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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"La Campanella (The Bell), Op. 7" By Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840). Edited by Fritz Kreisler. For violin and piano. Published by International Music Company

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Praeludium und Allegro (in the Style of Gaí‚tano Pugnani Viola and Piano). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Edited by Giuseppe Pascucci. String. Softcover. 16 pages. Schott Music #VAB70. Published by Schott Music

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Tambourin Chinois "By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Arranged by George Hamilton Green. For Xylophone Solo, Piano. Classical. Solo part with piano reduction. Standard notation. 5 pages. Published by Carl Fischer"

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KREISLER: Favorite Encores (2 CD Set) By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). For violin. Instrumental Solo Part and 2 CDs. Published by Music Minus One

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Miniature Viennese March "(For Violin, Cello and Piano). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). For Violin, Cello, Piano. Classical. Score and part(s). Standard notation. 7 pages. Published by Carl Fischer"

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Molly on the Shore (for Violin and Piano). By Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961). Edited by Fritz Kreisler. Schott. 16 pages. Schott Music #BSS31240. Published by Schott Music

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Syncopation (for Violin and Piano). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Schott. 8 pages. Schott Music #BSS37968. Published by Schott Music

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Tempo di Minuetto (In the Style of Pugnani) "(in the Style of Pugnani - for Violin and Piano). By Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). For Violin Solo, Piano. Solo part with piano reduction. Standard notation. 5 pages. Published by Carl Fischer"

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