On September 9, 1875 Paul Josef Martin Eisler was born in Vienna, the second son to Sigmund and Fanni Eisler. Above is a picture of the Aspern Bridge as it appeared in the year of his birth in Vienna.
So what was going on in 1875? Europe was still recovering from the financial crisis that started in Vienna in 1873. The Impressionists were just beginning to take off as a group and a painting movement in Paris, France. On the Impressionist link look for Claude Monet’s Woman with a Parasol which was painted in 1875. Interesting to note the musician Anton Brückner began in 1875 an unpaid teaching position at the Vienna Conservatory. Paul Eisler eventually became a student of Brückner’s in his very last years of teaching. In 1875 Hugo Wolf was a young fifteen year old in Vienna embarking on his musical life journey and a gifted teenaged Gustav Mahler entered the Vienna Conservatory.
In Prague horse drawn trams were introduced in 1875. The first electrified tram wasn’t introduced until 1891.
In America the infamous Jesse James was still robbing trains (in 1882 he was shot dead), the Indian Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse were up against shifting US policies (leading up to the famous Battle of the Little Big Horn the following year of 1876 and the death of Lt. Col. George Custer and all 264 of his calvery), and Alexander Graham Bell was making progress on his invention of the telephone (to be completed with Thomas Watson in the following year of 1876).
In San Francisco the dedication of Lotta’s Fountain occurred just the day after his birth. This famous landmark served as a common meeting point after the Great Earthquake in 1906, a day both Edith and Paul survived while on tour with Metropolitan Opera (as did the entire rest of the company). How strange it must have been to see a city landmark with a commemorative date so close to his own birth on a day so perilous to those in San Francisco. This fountain still stands in the city. See below how Lotta’s Fountain looked after surviving the great San Francisco Earthquake when BOTH Edith and Paul walked past it in that early morning devastation.
On the evening of Paul’s birth in September 1875 playing at the Royal Theater in Vienna was a four act play of George Sand’s Der Marquis Von Willemer first published as a novel in French in 1860 and the opera was a four act Italian Opera by Gaetano Donizetti of La Favorite with a French libretto by Royer.
Happy Birthday in Memory to Paul! Your family is so glad for your long life and legacy. You can hear him play the Romeo & Juliet waltz here