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Corwin Slack

Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi

March 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

A short entry but I have been trying to figure out the name of the Beethoven quartet that Heifetz coaches (on video) in his master class (he plays 1st violin in opus 18. No. 5 but only coaches the other one) so I started googling and came across the blog Magic Moments of violinist and pedagogue Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi. This is a delightful blog and includes Youtubes of her fine playing. I appreciate her astute observations on the state of the arts. Take a look.

In the meantime , embarrassed that I don't know all the Beethoven quartets by hearing, I will take any tips.


From Corwin Slack
Posted on March 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Found it! Opus 18 no. 3 4th movement. Embarrassed.

From Christina C.
Posted on March 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM
Mrs Talvi has another blog of her memoirs going all the way back to childhood. I thought it was a great read:


Frantic: the Memoir

Best way to approach it is from the very first entry and then proceed to the subsequent ones via the 'newer post' link at the bottom. This way you start from the beginning of her story


From Terry Hsu
Posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:01 PM
I took a few lessons with Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi when I lived in Seattle. I didn't know she studied with Heifetz, but I did know that she played great. Her blog is fascinating, thanks for sharing Corwin.

My brother continues to study with the pianist she mentions in her blog, Randolphe Hokanson.

From Corwin Slack
Posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM
Hokanson is 97 years old and still performs. Amazing!

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