OSEPH ACHRON, MUSIC TO FALL IN LOVE WITH

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Basia Jaworski


Achron in Petersburg

Joseph Achron in Saint Petersburg  © Courtesy of the Department of Music, Jewish National & University Library, Jerusalem, Achron Collection.

Arnold Schoenberg firmly believed that Joseph Achron was the most underrated composer of his generation. Schoenberg praised his originality and claimed Achron’s music was destined for eternity. Yet, despite his enthusiastic praise, Joseph Achron never became a household name.

Achron Hebrew melody

Violin buffs no doubt know his Hebrew Melody, a much loved encore of many violinists, starting with Heifetz.

 

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Hebrew Melody, here played by Josef Hassid:

Hebrew Melody is inspired by a theme Achron heard as a young boy in a synagogue in Warsaw. It is one of his earliest compositions,  dating from 1911, and his first “Jewish” work.  In the year he composed it Achron joined the Society for Jewish Folk Music.

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Joseph Achron as a child in Warsaw

But let’s start at the beginning. Joseph Achron was born in 1886 in Russia and died 57 years later in Los Angeles. His mother was an estimable singer, and his father was a cantor who also played the violin. Joseph received his first violin lessons from him, but soon he was replaced by professional teachers. At age eight he gave his first performance, and by the time he was eighteen, he had finished his first compositions.

 

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2 komentarze to “OSEPH ACHRON, MUSIC TO FALL IN LOVE WITH”

  1. Dziekuje Teresko! Bardzo dziekuje!

  2. Bardzo ciekawe Basiu, wprawdzie jestem najbardziej niemuzykalna osoba na swiecie, ale Twoj artykul bardzo mnie zaciekawil.

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