European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Dec 30 1967, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 30, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseI a Mary Campbell a staff writer stripes h Menuhin has come Back to new York to celebrate something like a wedding anniversary. It has been 40 years since he made his new York debut As an 11%-year-old violin you live Long enough you arrive at these anniversaries Menuhin in front of the Public Eye with affection on both sides is kind Ofa wedding Between Public and artist i feel that very is not a customary Menuhin pastime he s usually too bus giving concerts conducting teaching the circling running two summer Festi Vals. But now i m obliged to reminisce because everyone else has that in i should probably go on doing All the things i love to do without an thought to a particular relationship of i m getting used to anniversaries. The first was my 50th birthday i London a year ago april. Then there was the 40th anniversary of my debuting Paris feb. 6. I suppose As i grow older i la beg into live in the past. My life has been a continuous Crescendo. I look Back on All those years not with nostalgia but with affection Anda sense of continuity. There have been More varied activities More opportunities to fulfil dreams i be had wishes and plans so that i look Back always upon the seed of something that since has taken Root or perhaps one of the flowering seeds mos important to Menuhin is his boarding school for 34 promising violinists viol its cellists and pianists Ages 8 through 16, in England where he now makes his Home. Ever since i was a child and saw other children carrying violin cases my heart went out to them because i knew what they wished and dreamed of and i knew How much it would take. An Many would encounter various obstacles which would make it very difficult i not impossible to achieve their ends. Room and time for a Young violinist in a Home is getting More and More difficult. There is no doubt but that boarding school is the answer for Chil Dren who Are dedicated to great Craft an great Art. It s the Only Way they can find enough time to give to their work and also keep within an atmosphere which is encouraging. Otherwise the Yare continuously pulled apart and distracted by life in the Street or in the family. We Are the Only music boarding school outside Russia. But we Are Stilla Long Way from russian Menuhin gives Between 80 and 90 con certs a year some of them with his sister Hephzibah As pianist. Despite his Pace Menuhin looks younger than 51. His hair is still Sandy his manner Placid obliging gently he s conducting activities Are increasing but he says they re not Cut Ting Down his violin concert izing. I just do everything More. Just like every body people smoke More eat More drink More hear More violinist also is in step with everybody in his admiration for the thought and music of India but he started Early. He visited India some 15years ago at the invitation of prime minister Nehru to play concerts for famine Relief. Nehru introduced him to leaders of the country s cultural life and Menuhin at 50 i m getting used to Keystone Tiu Cal Ivie Sutlin Menuhin was much started yoga exercises and diet which he still keeps up and he set i motion the Ford foundation s program of bringing various Indian musicians Tonew York s museum of modern Art. Of course now it is All the and sitar player Ravi Shankar a Long time Friend performed to Gether at one of the summer music festivals Menuhin founded in Bath eng land. His other is Ingstead Switzer whether there has been one motive behind his violin playing from lessons at 4 to debut at 11 to Brit ish Knighthood honorary because Menuhin is an american citizen to continued world acclaim at 51, Menuhin says there must be. It is rather difficult to put it in one succinct statement. I think love ecstasy but the words Are horrible you can t use them any More. It is living to the full what our emotions our minds our curiosity leads us toward. It is Well the desire to share and Tolive very Menuhin conducting i just do everything saturday december 30, 1967 the stars and stripes Page 11

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