Sam Franko (January 20, 1857 – May 6, 1937) was an American violinist and conductor. He was the brother of violinist, conductor and concert promoter Nahan Franko.
A native of New Orleans, Franko studied the violin in Europe, working with Joseph Joachim and Henri Vieuxtemps among others. Upon his return to the United States he joined the Mendelssohn Quartet, later working with the Theodore Thomas Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Franko soon grew disgusted with prejudice against American musicians, and created the American Symphony, made up entirely of American performers, in 1894. With this group he gave many American premieres. Franko also taught violin and arranged 17th- and 18th-century music, and transcribed numerous pieces for the violin. His work with old music won him accolades from the German press. His autobiography, Chords and Discords, was published in 1938, and he died in New York City in 1937.
The set of cadenzas he wrote for Mozart's Violin Concerto in G-major K. 216 has become a standard part of the concert repertoire, more so than all of the numerous other cadenzas that have been written for this piece.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 20th, 1857, Died May 6th, 1937
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-10406||10-in.||5/17/1911||Rigaudon||Mischa Elman||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||B-16595||10-in.||10/4/1915||Arioso||Mischa Elman||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||B-18967||10-in.||1/6/1917||Danse de Colinette||Mischa Elman||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||B-26400||10-in.||4/3/1922||Valse sentimentale||Erica Morini||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||B-29888||10-in.||4/17/1924||Valse sentimentale||Mischa Elman||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||BVE-29888||10-in.||5/26/1930||Valse sentimentale||Mischa Elman ; Carroll Hollister||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||B-30000||10-in.||4/21/1924||Canzonetta||Renée Chemet||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||CVE-45079||12-in.||5/31/1928||Valse triste||Mischa Elman||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||CVE-51825||12-in.||4/25/1929||Arioso||Philadelphia Chamber String Sinfonietta ; Fabien Sevitzky||String orchestra||arranger|
|Victor||CVE-53533||12-in.||6/3/1929||Hymn to the sun||Mischa Elman||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||PBS-09022||10-in.||10/30/1936||Arioso||Kenshu Wanifuchi||Violin solo||arranger|
|Columbia||81006||10-in.||5/10/1923||Valse sentimentale||Francesco Longo ; Toscha Seidel||Violin solo, with piano||arranger|
|Brunswick||E15884-E15885||10-in.||5/25/1925||Irish lament||Maurice Nadelle ; Mishel Piastro||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Franko, Sam," accessed October 1, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106436.
Franko, Sam. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 1, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106436.
"Franko, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 1 October 2020.
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