A Gershwin tribute to Leopold Auer
While we're on the subject of Leopold Auer, it's not possible to mention his roll-call of students without referencing this wonderful song by the Gershwins, sung by the Funnyboners:
Auer even gets a reference:
We really think you ought to know
That we were born right in the middle
Of darkest Russia.
When we were three years old or so,
We all began to play the fiddle
In darkest Russia.
When we began,
Our notes were sour
Until a man
Set out to show us, one and all,
How we could pack them in,
In old Albert Hall.
And Kreisler also gets a mention:
Temperamental Oriental Gentlemen are we:
Mischa, Jascha, Toscha, Sascha,
Fiddle-lee, diddle-lee, dee.
We give credit when it's due,
But then you must agree
That outside of dear old Fritz,
All the fiddle-concert hits
Are Mischa, Jascha, Toscha, Sascha
Fiddle-lee, diddle-lee, dee