Ede Poldini

Ede Poldini (13 June 1869 – 28 June 1957) was a Hungarian composer of the late romantic / early modern period. Famous in Hungary for writing many operas, he became internationally famous when Fritz Kreisler transcribed his piano piece "La poupée valsante" for violin.

Poldini studied with István Tomka in Budapest and with Eusebius Mandyczewski in Vienna. In 1908 he settled in Switzerland, writing two of his more famous operas: The Vagabond and the Princess (1903) and Wedding in Carnival Time (1924). These were both produced in London, the latter under the title Love Adrift. Himfy was produced in 1938 in Budapest.

Poldini is best known for his miniature piano pieces, such as "La poupée valsante", given wider audience in Fritz Kreisler's transcription, "Arlequinades", "Morceaux pittoresques", "Episodes à la cour", "Images", and "Moments musicaux". "Marionettes" were seven piano pieces that he later orchestrated.

His one-act opera The Vagabond and the Princess was given 14 times in Dresden in 1916/17 under Fritz Reiner with a cast including Ludwig Ermold, Minnie Nast, Georg Zottmayr and Richard Tauber.

He died in Vevey, Switzerland in 1957, aged 88.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 13, 1869 (Pest), Died June 28, 1957 (Vevey)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2030 10-in. 12/8/1904 La poupée valsante Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-10657 10-in. 6/28/1911 Marche mignonne, op.15, no.2 Charles Gilbert Spross Piano solo composer  
Victor B-20026 10-in. 6/7/1917 Poupée valsante Maud Powell Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-21927 10-in. 5/20/1918 The waltzing doll Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-29841 10-in. 3/27/1924 Waltzing doll Fritz Kreisler Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-35964 10-in. 8/13/1926 Instrumental combinations, no. 6 Victor Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-37389 10-in. 2/1/1927 The waltzing doll Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-42592 10-in. 4/2/1928 Marche mignonne Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-49733 10-in. 2/22/1929 Dance of the jacks Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-49840 10-in. 2/5/1929 Dancing doll Renée Chemet Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor BRC-69961 10-in. 6/17/1931 Phrasing Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-010979 10-in. 6/29/1937 Waltzing doll The Aeolians Instrumental quartet composer  
Columbia 38834 10-in. 5/10/1913 Marche mignonne Leo Ornstein Piano solo composer  
Columbia 47019 10-in. 9/20/1916 Dolly dances Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 48590 12-in. 2/7/1916 Serenade in D minor Leopold Godowsky Piano solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2926 10-in. 3/21/1931 Poupee valsante Miguel Candela ; Maurice Faure Violin solo, with piano composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Poldini, Ede," accessed October 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109100.

Poldini, Ede. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109100.

"Poldini, Ede." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 October 2023.

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