Category Archives: Vienna

Children of Vienna; Leontyne Price sings, 1961

Another Christmas Spirit offering – Painting by child artist Bretl Hanus, a student of Franz Cizek, the Viennese founder of modern Art Education for youth. Listen to Leontyne Price sing “O, Holy Night!” and “Ave Maria” in this 1961 recording with … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A Friend from 1935 singing “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” [Silent Night/Holy Night]

Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet? Here is a small present – listen to one of Edith and Paul Eisler’s friends, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, sing “Silent Night” in this radio broadcast clip from 1935. From the youtube description: “The great … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Elijah Ross, paternal grandfather to Edith Vail Ross, had in his home library a large volume of poems by the Scottish author Robert Burns published in 1850. Elijah was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont in 1819 but after being orphaned very … Continue reading

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Stage Names, Given Names – What is a Performer to do?!

Edith Vail Ross changed her mind several times about her personal and stage name. When she was young she wrote her name without reservation. In this sample she was twelve years old when she wrote a short letter to her … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Paul! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

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 … Continue reading

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An Evening of Music, December 8, 1895 Vienna

This tissue-thin paper poster is maybe one of the most fragile pieces I own. Just glancing at it seems to send the paper into disintegration, but it has survived 118 years to share that evening’s performance details. The previous post, … Continue reading

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