Happy International Great 20th-Century Violinist Day!
By lovely coincidence, two of the greatest violinists of the first half of the 20th century were born on February 2nd. And a more contrasting pair of fiddlers there could not be. The elder (left), born in Vienna in 1875, brings out such colorful and untranslatable adjectives as gemütlich, haimisch, and even schmaltzy -- all meant with the utmost affection. The younger (right), born in Vilnius in 1902, provokes a veritable pizzicato of alliteration: Peerless. Patrician. Perfectionist. The elder created a classical scandale when it came out that he palmed off some of his own compositions as the work of lesser Baroque masters like Pugnani, Popora and Francoeur. The younger, under the pen-name Jim Hoyl, wrote a pop tune called "When You Make Love to Me (Don't Make Believe)", which become a minor hit when recorded by his friend Bing Crosby. And we'll hear from them both in today's classical music on WFCR.