January 2, 2011 – Maud Powell

Maud Powell was an American violinist who lived from 1867 to 1920. A native of Illinois, Powell began studies of piano at age five. At age 7, she began studies of the violin and was performing Mozart concertos publicly by the ages of 9. She studied violin with William Lewis, Henry Schradieck, and Charles Dancla. She was an avid performer throughout her life. She was also very interested in Pedagogy. She composed several Cadenzas, including one for the Brahms concerto. Her arrangements are available in print from the Maud Powell Society. Artist and performer Rachel Barton Pine has recently made a recording entitled American Virtuosa: A Tribute to Maud Powell. The arrangements are very elegant. I would like to order these, but the cost seems prohibitive at this time. I hope that one day they will more widely be available.

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