Exhibit of the Month: Albert Spalding, violin

This month's featured cylinders are recordings of violinist Albert Spalding, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.
Spalding was born in Chicago, August 15, 1888
Spalding's Uncle Albert (a baseball pitcher immortalized in the Baseball
Hall of Fame) and father created the A.G. Spalding sporting goods company.
His mother, Marie Boardman was a contralto and pianist.

Spalding began studying violin in 1895 with Ulpiano Chiti in Florence.
In 1902 he entered Mozart's alma mater,
the Bologna Conservatory. Like Mozart he finished with distinction at
the age of 14.

Thomas Edison declared Spalding's tone to be more pure than any other
living violinist and signed him to a twenty year recording contract.

An intelligence officer in both world wars, Spalding performed a
legendary concert to thousands of terrified refugees stranded in a
cave near Naples during a bombing raid in 1944.

Featured recordings of the month:

28102: "Meditation from Thais"

Composer: Jules Massenet
Performer: Albert Spalding
Genre: Classical




28163: "Souvenir of Moscow"

Composer: Henryk Wieniawski
Performer: Albert Spalding
Condition: Good




29062: "Scherzo Tarantelle"

Composer: Nicolo Paganini
Performer: Albert Spalding
Condition: Good



Further information on Spalding 


Last updated August 23, 2002