Dueling violins


Jascha HeifetzIn 1917, the sixteen-year-old violin prodigy Jascha Heifetz made his American debut at Carnegie Hall. Among the luminaries in attendance were fellow violinist Mischa Elman and the pianist Leopold Godowsky.

As Heifetz played, Elman began to mop his brow. "It's awfully hot in here," he remarked, turning to Godowsky. "Not," Godowsky acerbically replied, "for pianists!"

[Sources: H. Taubman, Music on My Beat]

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