The article about the Auer dinner would be interesting. I seem to
remember decades ago seeing a photo of the gathering -- a very large number of
people seated at tables in a large place. I can't remember where I saw it.
The label of the 10" record is the same as that on the 12" one -- gold
print on white, with Auer's photo and facsimile handwritten dedication in
black. The only difference is the musical title, "Hungarian Dance No. 1
The late Andy Karzas, who had absolute pitch, said the records play at
Your speculation about the possible number of pressed copies and that
Victor executives might have skimmed copies for themselves is interesting.
Somewhere I have an article about the concert. Maybe the New York Herald
Over the years I've found the 12" 4 or 5 times in various conditions. Still
I've never had the 10". I wonder what that says?
Though I can't prove it, I've long had the feeling that copies were snared
by various Victor executives as well and that the likely run, at least for
the 12", was 25-50.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The Leopold Auer records
According to the Victor pages at the UC Santa Barbara site,at least one of
the matrices was destroyed.
I didn't know either one got out.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] The Leopold Auer records
I wonder whether any ARSC member can give me information about one or two
aspects of these discs or direct me to a place where I can find that
information. I hope so.
To begin with, they're well-known. As well as very scarce. Auer made them
for Victor in preparation for his 75th birthday celebratory dinner in New
York City in 1920. They were pressed by Victor as one 10" and one 12"
single-sided discs, with custom black-and-white labels containing a photo of
Auer and reproduction of his hand-written dedication of them "to my musical
children," plus the musical titles in Victor's standard typography.
I got copies of them from a Chicago-area violinist and teacher named Ruth
Ray. Miss Ray died within the past decade, aged at least 100. She'd studied
with Auer in Leipzig in 1913 (together with the equally young Heifetz). She
told me that the records were distributed at Auer's 75th birthday dinner.
She also said that only Auer's favorites among his pupils received copies of
both records: everyone else got only one. She got both.
So, my question: does anyone know how the Auer records were distributed
to his pupils and colleagues at the 1920 celebration? If, indeed, he gave
both to only a limited number of people? Is there a way or place to find
out? And finally, is there a way to learn how many copies of the two
matrices Victor pressed? And is it correct, as I've read, that the matrices
of the Auer records were subsequently destroyed?
Thanks to everyone.