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It is a dark and stormy afternoon. :-)  And I am killing time by scribbling here.  And I am quite excited because yesterday I made an intriguing discovery.  I was just randomly hunting around online trying to find some information about my Great Grandfather, Felix Gade, a violinist, and the orchestra he ran in Edinburgh in the 1900s.  (They used to play Sunday Concerts, which apparently scandalised certain of the prim Edinburgh folks.)  And somehow I stumbled across the fact that Felix was once the owner of a Stradivarius!!!  Specifically, the Cessole, made in either 1715 or 1716.  I couldn't quite work out who owns it now, but the fact that such a precious object once belonged to him...  Ah, if only I could go back in time and hear him play it. :-)  The odd thing is, I was only the other day wondering whether he might have had a particularly lovely/fancy violin.

Now I have that marvellous 'connected' feeling - that I'm somehow linked to everyone who has held and played that violin.  Despite never having been in the same room with it... and, uh, despite never having had any aptitude for string instruments whatsoever!!

[edit: see my userpic? that's the very instrument!]

So what happened to it after that, I wonder?  I have a feeling his son, my Great Uncle Felix, the black sheep of the family, probably inherited it and I daresay sold it and drank the profits!  Oh well...


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Jan. 14th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
That's fascinating -- are you also related to the Danish composer named Nils Gade? I just heard some of his music last night.

My grandmother studied piano with someone who studied with Clara Schumann. It's fun to discover connections like that.
Jan. 14th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hey there. :-)

Yes, or at least I was always given to understand by my geneaology-mad Dad that we were connected to Nils W Gade. I just wish certain people in my family hadn't been so late having children, because there are a lot of ancestors I wish I could have met! For example, that Great Uncle I mentioned appeared in vaudeville and in silent movies. Unfortunately the movies are mostly obscure ones with probably no extant copies. :-(

As for me, I think I'm the final lowbrow nail in the coffin! ;-)
Jan. 14th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hey! Nothing wrong with low-brow!

My grandmother used to play piano during silent movies -- in fact she got herself kicked out of the house for actually taking a job doing so when she was a teenager. That just wasn't proper for a decent young lady in 1919, or so my great-grandfather thought!
Jan. 25th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
That's pretty cool. One of my high school friends was a violin prodigy. His job when he was in high school was playing with the professional symphony of a medium-sized city. He had a noteworthy violin too. It wasn't made by Stradivarius himself, but it was made by one of his immediate students, in the Stradivarius shop, during Stradivarius's lifetime. It was insured for more than his parents' house was. I lost contact with him sometime in the 1980s.
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