Violinist Daisy Kennedy in 1912 with Paul Eisler, Kapellmeister, Vienna

Sometimes the little tidbits from the past family life come falling into place like beautiful snowflakes on a Saturday morning.  One such dazzling snowflake has been Daisy Kennedy, an Australian violinist born in 1893. My first find was this performance announcement of Kennedy’s that lists Paul Eisler on the piano and as the conductor:image

Image of and postcard written by Daisy Kennedy likely in 1912.

Image of and postcard written by Daisy Kennedy likely in 1912.

It was an “a-ha!” because it matches in format and style a different performance announcement I have from the same time period that Edith Vail Ross Eisler had folded into a letter sent home to her parents in Vermont from Vienna.  It counts as a “dazzling snowflake” because I don’t have much from this time period of Edith and Paul Eisler’s lives so each item counts heavily.  Two years after the 1912 performance announcement above Daisy Kennedy married the Russian pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch. You can hear Benno and Daisy (on the clip about halfway thru in a recording from the 1920’s) on this you tube clip: 

Here is another recording of Daisy Kennedy from 1919 playing Camille Saint-Saëns Rondo Capriccioso. This Saint-Saëns piece wasn’t played on the evening of the 1912 concert with Eisler but it is worth listening to for her dynamic ability as a performer just jumps out.

Daisy Kennedy had an amazing education, concert career and family life that spanned nearly a century. You can read more about her on this link:

As for the Concert on the evening of April 15 1912 in the Bösendorfer-Saale if you want to hear how the evening long ago may have sounded use your imagination along with these few clips! At the time Daisy Kennedy was 19 years old and had made her debut just the year before in 1911.

Representing the opening piece of Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, op.61 you can listen to the violin of Leonidas Kavakos on this clip which unfortunately has the annoying doe-eyed static image of an animae violinist staring out the whole time, but the music is perfect.

The second piece section of the evening Kennedy played J.M Leclair’s “Le Tombeu” with Paul Eisler on piano.  Here is a wonderful sounding selection performed by Les Folies Françoises and Patrick Cohën-Akenin. I haven’t any idea why a teddy bear with it’s head lopped off with scissors is presented as a static image, but I guess it is just a day of odd imagery from the land of youtube.

The fourth selection – Hear the Vienna Philharmonic Women´s Orchestra play J.S.Bach’s well known “Air” conducted by Izabella Shareyko and performed at St. Thekla Church, Vienna Wieden.

And the evening’s closing piece was a selection from Belgium violinist and composer Henri Vieuxtemps, “Ballade et Polonaise”. In this clip from 1947 hear Jascha Heifetz:

About Guenevere Crum

Guenevere Crum is an artist and a great granddaughter of Edith and Paul Eisler. She has been actively sleuthing her Eisler - Vail Ross heritage since 1999.
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