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Louis Persinger

Louis Persinger (11 February 1887, Rochester, Illinois – 31 December 1966, New York, New York) was an American violinist, pianist and professor of violin. Persinger had early lessons in Colorado, appearing in public by the age of 12. His main studies were at the Leipzig Conservatory where he studied violin with Hans Becker, piano with Carl Beving, conducting with Arthur Nikisch before finishing with Eugène Ysaÿe in Brussels and then studying with Jacques Thibaud in France for two summers. Arthur Nikisch described him as ‘one of the most talented pupils the Leipzig Conservatory ever had’.

He served as leader of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra and the Royal Opera Orchestra in Brussels before being appointed leader and assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1915 and succeeding Leopold Auer at the Juilliard School in New York in 1930.

He was best known as the teacher of great violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci, Isaac Stern, Stephan Hero, Camilla Wicks, Almita Vamos, Fredell Lack, Guila Bustabo, Arnold Eidus, Donald Erickson, Zvi Zeitlin, Leonard Posner, Enrique Danowicz and Louise Behrend. He was also Ricci's piano accompanist for many recitals and recordings, and Menuhin's for his first few recordings.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 11th, 1887 (Illinois), Died December 31st, 1966 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, violin, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PCVE-42090 12-in. 3/14/1928 Sierra Morena Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBVE-42091 10-in. 3/14/1928 Allegro Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBVE-42092 10-in. 3/15/1928 La capricciosa Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PCVE-42093 12-in. 3/15/1928 La romanesca Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CVE-49847 12-in. 2/12/1929 Prayer Yehudi Menuhin ; Louis Persinger Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CVE-49848 12-in. 2/12/1929 Scotch pastorale Yehudi Menuhin ; Louis Persinger Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CVE-49849 12-in. 2/12/1929 Nigun Yehudi Menuhin ; Louis Persinger Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CVE-49850 12-in. 2/12/1929 Nigun Yehudi Menuhin ; Louis Persinger Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CVE-49851 12-in. 2/12/1929 Concerto in G major : Adagio Yehudi Menuhin ; Louis Persinger Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CVE-49852 12-in. 2/12/1929 Sarabande Yehudi Menuhin ; Louis Persinger Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CVE-49853 12-in. 2/12/1929 Chant d'Espagne Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CVE-49854 12-in. 2/12/1929 La canción del olvido (Spanish song) Yehudi Menuhin ; Louis Persinger Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Victor PC-87 12-in. 2/9/1925 La deluge : Prelude, part 2 Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra, with violin solo instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-023336 10-in. 6/8/1938 Air Louis Persinger ; Ruggiero Ricci Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CS-023337 12-in. 6/8/1938 Scherzo-tarantella Louis Persinger ; Ruggiero Ricci Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-023338 10-in. 6/8/1938 Zigueunerweisen Louis Persinger ; Ruggiero Ricci Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1928-02-15-02] 10-in. 2/15/1928 Allegro Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1928-02-15-03] 10-in. 2/15/1928 La romanesca Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1928-02-15-04] 10-in. 2/15/1928 Zigeunerweisen Yehudi Menuhin Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1928-04-03-01] 10-in. 4/3/1928 Air (on the G string) Louis Persinger Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Persinger, Louis," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109282.

Persinger, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109282.

"Persinger, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109282

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