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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

(Professor Auer)

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

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