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Price: $165.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

MAUD POWELL - VIOLINIST

Autographed 9.75” single sided Victor disc of “Souvenir” by Franz Drdla, 1907.  The legendary violinist has written “Good Luck” and autographed the label in white ink. The Victor matrix is 64074. We offer with a postcard portrait.

 

Powell (1868-1920) first made records for Victor in 1904.  She always through of the process as mechanical and not artistic.  That said, her rendition of “Souvenir” was the best selling solo violin record to date in the U.S. and Europe for a number of years afterwards.

 

Powell was a pupil of William Lewis, a British born concert violinist and string instrument dealer in Chicago as of the age of 9.  When she became more than he could handle as a teacher, he sent her to Leipzig to study with Henry Schradieck and earned her diploma in one year.  She was next off to Paris where she was one of six of a pool of 80 to study with violin pedagogue and concert artist Charles Dancla.  Hubert Leonard sent her to London for recitals and she met Joseph Joachim who suggested she come to Berlin to study with him.  She made her German debut in 1885 with the Berlin Philharmonic with Joachim conducting.  Powell then returned to America making her American debut with Theodore Thomas and the New York Philharmonic.  At this point her career was made and she toured nationally and internationally for the rest of her short life. (She suffered a heart attack in concert in 1919 and suffered a fatal one a year later on tour.)  During her career, she gave the American premiers of many violin concertos, including those written by; Bruch, Coleridge-Taylor, Dvorak, Lalo, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and quite few others.  Powell was also a powerful voice in the women’s suffrage movement and played a number of works by women composers in concert, including the Romance for Violin and Piano op. 23 written for her.

 

We have not seen a Maud Powell autographed record previously.