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ARTHUR HARTMANN - VIOLINIST

Autographed 7” x 9” matte, double-weight photograph inscribed to New York Philharmonic Concert Master John Corigliano, New York City, December 14, 1940.

To John Corigliano, With my thanks and admiration for his magnifiscent performance of the Elgar Concerto…”

Hartmann (1881-1956) was born in Philadelphia to a Jewish family.  A child prodigy, he made his professional debut at the age of 6.  He studied in Massachusetts with Boston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Charles Martin Loeffler.  A mystique was built around the violinist for publicity purposes that he was Hungarian by birth, which was not the case.  Hartmann began touring the United States at a young age, which he continued throughout his life.  He also toured Canada and Scandinavia.  It was said that by the age of 12, he had the entire “modern repertory” in his grasp.  He wound up in France where he befriended Claude Debussy who toured with him from time to time as his accompanist and dedicated his “Minstrels for Violin” to him.  Hartmann came back to the United States in 1939 and settled in Rochester as a Professor at the Eastman School of Music and retired the year before his death.  Photographs of the young Hartmann resemble a young Franz Liszt in both hair, facial features and mannerism.

John Corigliano (1901-1975) was Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1935-1948 and Concertmaster from 1948 to 1966 when he was forced to retire at 65 due to their bylaws.  He studied with Leopold Auer and Alois Trnka.  Arturo Toscanini heard his during a radio broadcast in 1935 and hired him on the spot for the Assistant Concertmaster position.  His son is the composer John Corigliano Jr.