I wonder whether any ARSC member can give me information about one
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
them for Victor in preparation for his 75th birthday celebratory dinner
York City in 1920. They were pressed by Victor as one 10" and one
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
to his pupils and colleagues at the 1920 celebration? If, indeed, he
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?