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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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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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Musikverein, 1895 Vienna

On December 8,1895 twenty year old Paul Josef Martin Eisler sat at the piano on stage alongside the Soprano Belle of Vienna Opera, Antonie Schläger and together they gave what could have only been a stupendous concert. Ok, I am … Continue reading

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An Evening Out, 1895 Vienna

I have had a great time reading period newspapers online hosted by the National Library of Austria. Oftentimes when dealing with history we might think so much has changed for the better or not. I happen to think things are … Continue reading

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Evolving Faith

Pfarrkirche Schottenfeld, Vienna A large question on the Eisler side of the family has always been “When did Papa stop being Jewish?” Such a strange way to phrase the complex ideas behind the question and yet it was said just … Continue reading

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