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Encyclopedia > Marius Casadesus

Marius Casadesus (born October 24, 1892, died October 13, 1981) was a French violinist and composer. He was the brother of Henri Casadesus and uncle of the famed pianist Robert Casadesus. October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 68 days remaining. ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A violinist is an instrumentalist who plays the violin. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Henri Casadesus (September 30, 1879 – May 31, 1947) was a violist and music publisher who founded the Society of Ancient Instruments with Camille Saint Saens in 1901. ... Robert Casadesus (April 7, 1899 – September 19, 1972) was a French pianist and composer. ...


Marius Casadesus achieved perhaps his greatest fame (or notoriety) through his association with the so-called "Adelaide Concerto" attributed to Mozart. This concerto was published in 1933 in a piano transcription under Mozart's name, with Casadesus as "editor." Many music scholars believed in its authenticity, and Yehudi Menuhin made a recording of the concerto. It was even given a place in the K√∂chel-Verzeichnis (the standard catalog of Mozart's works), albeit as "K. Anh. 294a." ("Anh." denotes "Anhang" or "appendix" to the catalog.) However, Mozart expert Alfred Einstein's doubts about this piece were confirmed when Casadesus later admitted his authorship in court in 1977 during a copyright dispute. The Adélaïde Concerto is the nickname of a Violin Concerto in D Major attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and given the catalog number K. Anh. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Yehudi Menuhin album cover Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (April 22, 1916 – March 12, 1999) was a Jewish-born, American violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom and eventually became a British citizen. ... The term concerto usually refers to a musical work in which one solo instrument is contrasted with an orchestra. ... (For a list organized by genre, see List_of_compositions_by_Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart) The Köchel-Verzeichnis is a complete, chronological catalogue of compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which was originally created by Ludwig von Köchel. ... Alfred Einstein (December 30, 1880–February 13, 1952), was a German-American musicologist and music editor. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


Casadesus is also known for having given the first recital of Ravel's "Tzigane" in the presence of the composer in Barcelona. Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness, and poignancy of his music and generally considered to be one of the major composers of the 20th century. ... Barcelona – Greek: (Ptolemy, ii. ...


References

  • Biography of Marius Casadesus (source of much of the information above).
  • Friedrich Blume, "The Concertos: (1) Their Sources," in H.C. Robbins Landon and Donald Mitchell, eds., The Mozart Companion, NY: Norton, 1956, p. 220ff. ISBN 0-393-00499-6. (Source of publication date on first edition of "Adelaide Concerto," which Blume believed and argued in this article--published before Casadesus' revelation of his authorship--was authentic.)

 
 

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