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Luigi Silva

Fritz Magg Musical Score Collection, 1914-1997

 

Fritz Magg was born in Vienna, Austria in 1914. At age twenty was chosen as solo cellist of the Vienna Symphony. His major teachers were Paul Grummer and Diran Alexanian. After leaving Vienna in 1938 he joined the Chamber Orchestra of the New Friends of Music in New York as their principal cellist. Later he held the same position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1948 the Berkshire Quartet was invited to become the quartet in residence at Indiana University. There Magg remained to influence countless students over the next five decades as Cello Professor and Chair of the String Department. He also established himself as an international soloist through world-wide tours and recordings.

 

From his retirement from Indiana in 1984 until his death in 1997, Magg continued concerting and produced a series of videotapes on his unique approach to teaching the cello, œCello Sounds of Today.

 

The Fritz Magg Musical Score Collection contains some 475 items in 44 boxes. Most interesting among those are his transcription of the Caprice no. 15 by Nicolo Paganini and a unique cello method, "A varied routine of practicing the 'Moto Perpetuo' by N. Paganini, a set of exercises arranged for cello. Magg, who devoted his lifetime to the study and teaching of Bach, left 32 editions of the unaccompanied cello suites, including a rare Alexanian edition. His particular performance annotations both in these Bach editions and in much of the standard repertoire are an invaluable part of this collection.

 

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