For 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>.
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>