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 Der Vagabund und die Prinzessin 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 13th, 1869 (Pest), Died June 28th, 1957 (Vevey)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1937
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|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||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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Poldini, Ede," accessed September 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109100.
Poldini, Ede. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109100.
"Poldini, Ede." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 September 2021.
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