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Paul Eisler on Tour with Andreas Dippel, 1903

Paul Eisler first arrived in the United States in 1902 according to the ship “Cuxhaven” manifest notes when he arrived again in New York City in 1904. Under the heading “Whether ever before in the United States? And if so … Continue reading

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Celebrating Edgar Allan Poe in Music

Happy Birthday Edgar Allen Poe! January 19, 1809 was the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe. I have been searching for decades now for items from the lives of Edith Vail Ross and Paul Josef Martin Eisler and it was to … Continue reading

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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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Striking A Deal- Piano Lessons for a Portrait

Family history often reduces people into short summaries and that was certainly the case for me with Edith and Paul’s legacies growing up. The short version of their lives was the flat “Edith sang. Paul played piano.” To my surprise … Continue reading

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O’Where, O’Where in the World Might the Photographs Be?

Somewhere in the world are dramatic photographs of a costumed Edith Vail Ross from the summer of 1903. From her descriptions to her parents it seems that at least 5 maybe 6 dramatic and costumed photo scenes were made. From … Continue reading

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Decorations on the Death of a Pope, 1903

In July 1903 Pope Leo XIII died in Rome. The Catholic Cathedrals and Churches in New York City marked the occasion with special decorations and services. While Edith Vail Ross and Miss Schirmer were not of the Catholic faith they … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon, Songs & Fresh Air, July 1903

At a July 1903 Sunday afternoon rehearsal with a mentor in Manhattan, Edith Vail Ross sang numerous songs for his critical review and assessment. She wrote home in a letter home to her parents in Vermont that the afternoon was … Continue reading

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