Auer, Leopold. (1845-1930)
March 19, 1903. 16.75" long x 0.50 " wide. Fine condition. Presentation baton given to the great violin pedagogue Leopold Auer by a mens' choir. Ebony with sterling silver ferrule, end piece and metal lyre decoration on top. Inscribed to "M. G. Leopold Auer", "Männerchor". The endcap bears the etched initials "F.B." (possibly the maker?). From the estate of the important violinist and influential pedagogue, teacher of Elman, Heifetz, Milstein, Zimbalist, Parlow, Schumsky and many others!
Leopold Auer spent nearly fifty years in St. Petersburg and exerted a decisive influence on the Russian violin school, following Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski as solo violin at the Imperial Ballet. Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev and Tchaikovsky wrote their most important violin compositions for him. As for Tschaikovsky’s violin concerto, Auer refused the dedication, declaring it technically awkward and too long! After a few revisions to the violin part, he eventually played this monumental violin work in 1893, shortly before the composer’s death.