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Sunday, 27 October 2013

A prodigy

Wednesday, October 22nd., George Street, Hanover Square, London.

I finished the fifth chapter of "Mr. Prohack" yesterday morning, and corrected all the proofs of the E. A. Rickards book in the afternoon - and they wanted a lot of correcting. When they were done I suddenly realised that I was exhausted and that the top of my head was coming off.

Jascha Heifetz concert at Queen's Hall. I met him at the Reform last week with his pianist and Sassoon. Something distinguished about Heifetz. Very young. A gold collar pin and a pearl scarf pin. I went with all three of them to a concert of Josef Hoffman. They said that he was the finest pianist in the world and that there was no good second. He certainly played magnificently. As regards today's concert, Marguerite's one idea as soon as the concert had begun was to depart again. I thought Heifetz was a marvellous performer, with a lovely tone, but his interpretation of Cesar Franck's sonata did not excite me.

Jascha Heifetz (1901 – 1987) was a Lithuanian-born American violinist. He was born in Vilnius. As a child, he moved with his family to the United States, where his Carnegie Hall debut was well received. In 1920 he made his London bow with two Queen’s Hall concerts which were so successful that he returned the same year. He had a long and successful recording career; after an injury to his right (bowing) arm, he focused on teaching. The New York Times called him "perhaps the greatest violinist of all time."

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