Spalding, Albert

Foremost 20th century American violinist, son of sporting goods manufacturer and Baseball Hall of Famer

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(1888-1953) Foremost American 20th century violinist. His father and uncle formed A.G. Spalding and Brothers sporting goods company, his father is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Received his first violin at age 7 and began violin studies in Florence. At 14 he entered the competition at the Bologna Conservatory for the degree and title "Professor of Music." Only once before at the Conservatory had a 14-year old achieved similar success - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He continued studies in France and at 16 he made his concert debut. Saint-Saens appeared with him in a joint recital in Florence. He was engaged by Hans Richter, to appear with the London Symphony Orchestra and visited Joseph Joachim, foremost violinist of the 19th century after Paganini. In 1908 Spalding was engaged by Walter Damrosch to be soloist with the New York Symphony Orchestra. Immediately after the debut he launched his first US concert tour, over 60 appearances. At this time he signed a contract in effect for 20 years to record for Edison, and made over 100 records, on cylinder and flat disc. He toured Europe but at US entry in WW I Spalding enlisted in the Army, received a commission, and saw service in England, Italy, and secret service work in Spain. At the end of the War, he returned to his violin and played some 20 concerts in Italy and then toured Europe with Damrosch and the New York Symphony. In the 1920s he played classical music concerts on the then-novel medium, radio. European and US tours continued with a yearly average of 100-120 recitals on the 2 continents. In March 1944, Spalding again enlisted, serving 6 weeks in London during the height of the Blitz, then to North Africa then to Naples where he was attached to the Psychological Warfare Division. Moving with the Army to Rome when it was liberated, the "Papa of the Partisans" became a national hero and was credited with the saving of thousands of American and Italian lives. His farewell public concert at Lewisohn Stadium with the New York Philharmonic was attended by more than 20,000 persons. Professor of Violin at Boston University College of Music for 3 years, had a winter master class at the University of Florida at Tallahassee. He wrote orchestral suite, 2 violin concerti, other violin pieces, an autobiography and a novel. ALS on his wife’s 8 x 7 personal "Aston Magna" letterhead, Great Barrington, Mass., Sept. 6, no year, to Dr. Shepard. Spalding thanks him for a letter and a check being forwarded to Mr. Strickland, adds they most count on enthusiastic support like Shepard’s. The Aston Magna Foundation for Music was created to serve as a center for the study and performance of 17th and 18th century music. The original site of the Foundation in Great Barrington, Massachusetts was the former summer home of Spalding. A main component of the summer program is the annual Aston Magna Festival, a series of concerts featuring performances of music of the period by specialists and program participants using original or authentic replica instruments.

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