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Fritz Kreisler Program Notes and Sheet Music

Fritz Kreisler (February 2, 1875 – January 29, 1962) was an Austrian-born American violinist and composer. One of the most noted violin masters of his day, and regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately recognizable as his own. Although it derived in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school, his style is nonetheless reminiscent of the gemütlich (cozy) lifestyle of pre-war Vienna.

Kreisler was born in Vienna, the son of Anna (née Reches) and Samuel Kreisler, a doctor. Of Jewish heritage, he was however baptised at the age of 12. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory between 1882 and 1885 under Anton Bruckner, Jakob Dont and Joseph Hellmesberger Jr., and in Paris Conservatory between 1885 and 1887, where his teachers included Léo Delibes, Lambert Massart and Jules Massenet. He was graduated from Paris Conservatory with a degree of "Premier Prix" gold medal at the age of 12, competing against 40 other players, all of whom were at least 20 years of age.

Kreisler began his concert career at the age of 13, and quickly established himself as one of the leading violinists of his day. He was known for his virtuosic technique, his expressive phrasing, and his wide-ranging repertoire, which included works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern periods. He was also a gifted composer, and wrote over 100 works for violin, including sonatas, concertos, and short pieces.

Kreisler was a popular and successful performer throughout his career. He toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and South America. He also made numerous recordings, which helped to make his music known to a wider audience.

Kreisler retired from the concert stage in 1950, but continued to compose and teach until his death in 1962. He is considered one of the greatest violinists of all time, and his music continues to be performed by violinists around the world.

Kreisler's music is characterized by its beauty, its expressiveness, and its technical virtuosity. His works are a joy to listen to, and they continue to inspire and challenge violinists of all levels.

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