[For Rich Kaplan]
Thanks for taking the time to check and for your reply to my question.
Creighton is partially incorrect, because some people were given copies of
both records. As I wrote, his student Ruth Ray, from whom I got my copies,
had both. As I wrote, she said Auer gave copies of both to his favorite
pupils. (She wasn't modest about saying that he was fond of her.)
Your lacquer copy is news to me. I agree that it must be dubbings
because the originals are single-sided and the Brahms Hungarian Dance is 10-inch.
Creighton says, "Few recordings [i.e. copies] were made, and one each were
given to Heifetz, Zimbalist, Elman, Eddy Brown, Rabinof, F. Steinway and a
few pianist friends." That's as much info as I have.
Now a question for you: I have a copy of what appears to be a 12" lacquer
disc with both recordings on the two sides (presumably dubs, as they're both
12" matrices). It has the original labels, or a facsimile thereof, with
inscription. Any idea of the provenance of this?
Thanks to anyone who can shed light on this.
In a message dated 2/3/2012 3:28:24 P.M. Central Standard Time,
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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
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
Auer and reproduction of his hand-written dedication of them "to my
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
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
Victor pressed? And is it correct, as I've read, that the matrices of the
Auer records were subsequently destroyed?
Thanks to everyone.