Yehudi Menuhin in San Francisco - 1951

from Unfinished Journey, page 248:

There was in the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra a brilliant violinist called Piastro, who was eventually to succeed Louis Persinger as concertmaster and later to become concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic under Toscanini. I knew Piastro well and much admired, among other brilliances, his staccato. One day I asked him how he did it. He picked up his violin and rattled off a few incisive bars. “I do this,” he said, “and this.” As a demonstration it was impeccable, reproducing exactly the staccato I found so satisfying, but as an explanation it left me as baffled as before. He …   more >>
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Yehudi Menuhin, Unfinished Journey (London, April, 1977), p. 248. accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: San Francisco


Yehudi Menuhin
Violinist, Conducting

Listening to

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Piastro's staccato performed by Mishel Piastro

Experience Information

Date/Time 1951
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:46:56 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:24:46 +0000