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Fritz Kreisler

Fritz Kreisler (Composer)

Born: 2nd February 1875, Vienna, Austria

Died: 29th January 1962, New York, U.S.A

Nationality: Austrian

Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler was an Austrian-born American violinist and composer. One of the most noted violin masters of his day, and regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately recognizable as his own. Although it derived in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school, his style is nonetheless reminiscent of the gemütlich (cozy) lifestyle of pre-war Vienna.

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