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#2108283 - 06/26/13 09:24 AM The Amazing Marriage re Josef Hofmann
Varcon Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 1931
Loc: Mount Vernon, Georgia 30445
I read this past weekend THE AMAZING MARRIAGE about the Aiken, South Carolina association of Josef Hofmann and his wife, Marie Eustis. Dr.Kosinski gave me a copy but I never read it--just perused the pictures. Essentially it is the dairies kept by his wife, eleven years his senior, and his early tours, comments of other musicians like Siloti, Rachmaninoff, Bauer, etc., and the traveling problems, agent problems, bitter cold of Moscow and St. Petersburg, accommodations--often terrible, food, pianos in awful condition, and his home at Lake Geneva near Morges.

Once I was into it I found it fascinating--it is about the late 1800's to the divorce--and a sort of epilogue of his last days.

Nell Graydon is the 'author/editor' and the University of South Carolina is the publisher.

If you have spare time from practising you might enjoy a nice read about the most technically perfect pianist of that period.

Ralph

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#2108581 - 06/26/13 05:40 PM Re: The Amazing Marriage re Josef Hofmann [Re: Varcon]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Is this a book which is currently in print, a university thesis or monograph, or a document that exists somewhere on the web?

It does sound interesting--- the more so because it's by a wife who finally had it. Sometimes a person like this is less starstruck, and more frank.
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#2109006 - 06/27/13 11:01 AM Re: The Amazing Marriage re Josef Hofmann [Re: Jeff Clef]
Emanuel Ravelli Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 694
Loc: Virginia
Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef
Is this a book which is currently in print, a university thesis or monograph, or a document that exists somewhere on the web?


Here's one place to look:

http://www.amazon.com/amazing-marriage-M...mazing+marriage
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Phil Bjorlo

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#2109539 - 06/28/13 09:14 AM Re: The Amazing Marriage re Josef Hofmann [Re: Varcon]
Varcon Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 1931
Loc: Mount Vernon, Georgia 30445
I haven't checked the availability of it. It was given to me by someone from Aiken and it is not a dissertation/thesis type but based on his wife's diaries as she traveled with him on his tours and was a pianist in her own right having studied with Sgambati in Rome. I'll look to see if it has the library code.

Ralph

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#2109542 - 06/28/13 09:19 AM Re: The Amazing Marriage re Josef Hofmann [Re: Varcon]
Varcon Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 1931
Loc: Mount Vernon, Georgia 30445
Interrupted! Yes, she tells when he plays well or not but she was a very devoted wife to him and his career. She came from a family that mingled with the "400" and Cape Cod, Bar Harbor, etc., and educated in Europe. Spoke several languages. Relates programs, venues, audience reaction, living conditions for traveling in 1900-1915 or so.

Ralph

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