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WILLIAM PRIMROSE - VIOLIST

Autographed prepared envelope from the Sigurd Berg collection, March 31, 1952.

 

Primrose (1904-1982)  was Scottish by birth and the son of a violist began to play the violin at four.  After study with Camillo Ritter he made his debut at 12 in 1916.  Study with Ysa˙e led to his taking up the viola.  He accepted an invitation to play in the London String Quartet and toured the world with them for 5 years.  A solo viola debut in Rio led to a worldwide concert tour.  Wanting to make a living he accepted a position as first viola with Toscanini’s NBC Symphony in 1938.  He stayed with the orchestra until 1942 then forming the William Primrose Quartet. In 1956 he became the violist with the Festival Quartet, all the while concertizing on his own.  As a teacher Primrose taught at various times at Curtis, USC and Indiana.  He became so well known for his performances of Berlioz’s “Harold In Italy” he was often referred to as Harold.

 

A rare autograph in any form.