RISE TO FOLLOW by Albert Spalding
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Autobiography of a well-known violinist, which is a pleasing picture of the non-professional aspects of his life, with accent on the career. Nice family vignette, his start as a musician, lessons here and in Florence, a debut in Paris, a tour of France, the painful discouragements of newspaper reviews, audiences, etc. All Europe was his theatre, and with his own country provide background for tales of the musical scene, salient personalities, etc. During World War I he worked with La Guardia in Italy, had an incognito adventure in Spain; after his marriage went on tour with Damroach. All sorts of things keep this from being routine puff-puff musical biography: -- his fear of servants, his delight in gaffes by the pseudo cultured, his eye for entertaining characters, his honesty about his own gift.....Applause for Mr. S.

Pub Date: Nov. 28th, 1943
Publisher: Holt