Emanuel Vardi

Image from New York Times obituary, 2/7/2011For my doctoral project, I am in the process of researching about the life and legacy of the versatile violist, Emanuel (“Manny”) Vardi.  Combining both my training as a violist and archivist, I have been amazed my journey to understand this incredible person by interviewing his family, colleagues, and former students; listening his broad discography from classical, jazz, and movie music; and by performing the pieces he wrote or championed.  Currently, I am searching for his compositions to feature on my upcoming lecture-recitals.  Luckily, my university has a copy of his Suite Based on American Folk Songs (1977) but I heard that he also wrote a “Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Paganini,” a Suite for Violin and String Orchestra, an earlier (1944) Suite for Viola and Piano, and possibly other pieces as well.  If YOU knew Manny and/or know of how I can find any more of his compositions, I would love to hear from you!  Please fill out my Contact Form.  Thank you!

A working bibliography of sources on Emanuel Vardi:

“Emanuel Vardi.” Prone to Violins. Blog. February 19, 2012. <http://pronetoviolins.blogspot.com/2012/02/emanuel-vardi.html>

Fox, Margalit. (February 7, 2011). “Emanuel Vardi, a Champion of the Viola, Dies at 95.” The New York Times. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/arts/music/07vardi.html?_r=0>

Hershenson, Roberta. (November 1, 1992). “A Violinist and a Violist: Love for Music and Each Other.” The New York Times. <http://www.nytimes.com/1992/11/01/nyregion/a-violinist-and-a-violist-love-for-music-and-each-other.html>

Milsom, David.  “Emanuel Vardi.” A-Z of String Players. Naxos.com <http://www.naxos.com/person/Emanuel_Vardi/127697.htm&gt;.

Vardi, Emanuel and Vivian Rifkin recording, 1940

The Emanuel Vardi Papers at the Primrose International Viola Archive contains news clippings, posters, photographs, and recordings.

Vardi, Emanuel and Kim Paterson. (November 1, 1981). Viola Recital. Recorded by John Peskey. <http://www.peskeyjohn.com/my-teacher/>

Steely, Kathryn. “Breaking Boundaries: An Interview with Emanuel Vardi.” Journal of the American Viola Society. Vol. 19, No. 1, 2003. <http://violaspace.com/avs/ks/site/JAVS/sample%20Issue/Vardi.pdf>

“Emanuel Vardi.” <http://www.siegelproductions.ca/calvinsieb/vardi.htm>

“Variations for Four Drums and Viola” The Kennedy Center. <http://m.kennedy-center.org/home/program/5232>

“Vardi Art.” Personal website. Web surrogate on the Internet Archive. <https://web.archive.org/web/20060204113005/http://www.vardiart.com/links/index.htm>

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