Gregor Piatigorsky in Cleveland - in the beginning of the 1930's

from Cellist- Gregor Piatigorsky, pages 220-221:

The first half of the program went very well, and atmosphere of great warmth awaited us for the first performance of the toccata in the United States. We began with vigor, and the first fifty bars promised a good performance, when my memory suddenly went astray. I invented as I went along, trying to stay in the style of the music. Pierre turned his pages back and forth, but, realizing that what I was playing was not in the score, he finally discarded the music and, like myself, played by heart. Meanwhile, absorbed with many interesting ideas and harmonies, I saw an opportunity for a fugato. …   more >>
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Gregor Piatigorsky, Cellist- Gregor Piatigorsky (New York, 1976), p. 220-221. accessed: 24 June, 2024

location of experience: Cleveland


Gregor Piatigorsky

Listening to

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Tocatta by Castelnuovo-Tedesco
written by Castelnuovo-Tedesco
performed by Pierre Luboshutz, Gregor Piatigorsky

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Piatigorsky and Luboshutz rehearsed at Luboshutz’s house in New York and they knew that they didn’t have much time to rehearse the Tocatta by Castelnuovo-Tedesco. When they started rehearsing the piece Genia, Luboshutz’s wife, brought a tempting dinner and “all thoughts of the toccata vanished”. During the trip to Cleveland Piatigorsky was disturbed by the crying of a baby, being not able to sleep well the night before. In the next day he slept until late afternoon, before the concert.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:17:17 +0000
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:54:52 +0000