From the Archive: October 1891


Eleven years after Henryk Wieniawski’s death, his former accompanist Arno Kleffel recalls how the famed violinist and composer told him how he achieved his famous staccato

It was at Riga, in the Spring of 1865, that I first met Wieniawski, who had stopped there on his way to London in order to give a concert. His arrival at Riga was hailed with delight and in fact his reception there was so enthusiastic that he made up his mind to remain in the neighbourhood for the present, and appear for the first time in various little towns. When I had met him a few times in Society and accompanied him on the pianoforte, he asked me to go with him on a little tour…

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