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Photos

  • William Primrose at age 2 in Glasgow, seated in a chair with a book.

  • William Primrose at age 12 on the occasion of his first public concert performing the Mendelssohn violin concerto at St. Andrews Hall, Glasgow, 1960. Seated holding a violin.

  • The old Guildhall School of Music, John Carpenter Street, London.

  • Eugene Ysaÿe, great Belgian violinist and teacher of William Primrose, who influenced him toward the viola. Dedication to Primrose on the photo.

  • William Primrose at the home of Pierre Hel the well known French Luthier in Lille 1927. Sitting: the two Hel Daughters, Ysaÿe and Madame Hel. Standing: Pierre Hel, William Primrose, Madame Ysaÿe.

  • William Primrose at age 16.

  • Lionel Tertis, violist and first twentieth-century advocate of the viola as a solo instrument.

  • Festival Quartet at Aspen, Colorado. Syzmor Goldberg, violin; William Primrose, viola; Nikolai Grauden, cello; Victor Babin, piano.

  • The London String Quartet. Top to bottom: Warwick Evans, cello; John Pennington, first violin; William Primrose, viola; Thomas Petre, second violin.

  • The London String Quartet in Valparaiso, Chile, 1931. Gathered around the radio.

  • William Primrose during his solo career in the early 1940s.

  • A publicity photo taken for RCA Records.

  • William Primrose in the garden of his Westport, Connecticut home playing cricket.

  • A publicity photo taken for EMI Records.

  • William Primrose with his viola, 1954.

  • Caricature of William Primrose.

  • The Heifetz-Primrose-Piatigorsky Trio recording at RCA, Circa 1956, Hollywood.

  • The Heifetz-Primrose-Piatigorsky Trio in concert in Los Angeles.

  • William Primrose during a radio interview, 1959.

  • William Primrose, and Franz Rupp at Aspen. Photo by Berko.

  • William Primrose, Hiroko Primrose, and Warwick Evans in Mexico, 1973.

  • William Primrose and Aaron Dalton, 1974.

  • William Primrose at the International Viola Congress, Eastman School of Music. Left to right: Francis Tursi, Lawrence Wheeler, unidentified, William Primrose.

  • William Primrose with the Deseret Quartet. Left to right: William Primrose, Percy Kalt, Barbara Williams, David Dalton, Richard Allan.

  • William Primrose playing on one of the approximately 70 violas on the exhibit by comtemporary luthiers, sponsored by the American Viola Society, 1979.

  • William Primrose and David Dalton with Walk on the North Side manuscript.

  • William Primrose, eminent master of the viola, poses with Dr. David Dalton, his student and violist on the Brigham Young University faculty.

  • William Primrose at Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, 1969.

Audio

William Primrose Sound Samples

The following sound samples are used with permission by Biddulph Recordings. All rights reserved.

All are in MP3 format and last from 1 to 4 minutes each.

Paganini, Nicolo, Caprice No. 13 (Op.1). William Primrose, viola.
©1996 Biddulph (LAB 131/2). Originally recorded on 5 May 1934. First issued on Columbia DX 665 (matrix CAX 7176-1).

Paganini, Nicolo, Caprice No. 5 (Op.1). William Primrose, viola.
©1996 Biddulph (LAB 131/2). Originally recorded on 5 May 1934. First issued on Columbia DX 665 (matrix CAX 7176-1).

Paganini, Nicolo, Caprice No. 17 (Op.1). William Primrose, viola, and Harry Isaacs, piano.
©1996 Biddulph (LAB 131/2). Originally recorded on 17 September 1935. First issued on Columbia DB 1585 (matrix CA 15241-1).

Paganini, Nicolo, La Campanella (Op.7). William Primrose, viola, and Harry Isaacs, piano.
©1996 Biddulph (LAB 131/2). Originally recorded on 17 September 1935. First issued on Columbia LX 607 (matrix CAX 7591-2).

Mozart, W. A., Sinfonia Concertante E-Flat (K. 364). Albert Spalding, violin, and William Primrose, viola, with the New Friends of Music Orchestra. Conducted by Fritz Stiedry.
©1993 Biddulph (LAB 088). Originally recorded on 28 May 1941. First issued on Victor 18238/41 (matrices CS 065360/66).

Tchaikovsky, P. I., String Quartet No.3 in E-Flat (Op. 30), Third Movement, Scherzo. The Primrose Quartet (Oscar Shumsky, Josef Gingold, William Primrose, Harvey Shapiro).
©1992 Biddulph (LAB 053). Originally recorded on 15 February 1940. Previously unissued (matrices CS 96 047062).

Smetana, String Quartet in E Minor “From My Life.” The Primrose Quartet (Oscar Shumsky, Josef Gingold, William Primrose, and Harvey Shapiro).
©1992 Biddulph (LAB 053). Originally recorded on 6 & 15 February 1940. First issued on Victor 16313/16 (matrices CS 96 047008/14).

Brahms, Johannes, String Quartet No.3 in B-Flat (Op. 67), First Movement, Vivace. The Primrose Quartet (Oscar Shumsky, Josef Gingold, William Primrose, Harvey Shapiro).
©1992 Biddulph (LAB 053). Originally recorded on 15 January 1941 and 15 August 1941. Previously unissued (matrices CS 060325/30 and 067583/84).

Brahms, Johannes, String Quartet No.3 in B-Flat (Op. 67), Third Movement, Agitato (Allegretto non Troppo). The Primrose Quartet (Oscar Shumsky, Josef Gingold, William Primrose, Harvey Shapiro).
©1992 Biddulph (LAB 053). Originally recorded on 15 January 1941 and 15 August 1941. Previously unissued (matrices CS 060325/30 and 067583/84).

Berlioz, Hector, Harold in Italy (Op. 16), First Movement, Harold in the Mountains: Scene of Melancholy, Happiness and Joy. William Primrose with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Serge Koussevitzky.
©1995 Biddulph (WHL 028). Originally recorded on 28 November 1944. First issued on Victor 11-9008 (matrices D4-RC 628/9).

Dohnànyi, Serenade in C (Op. 10). Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose & Emanuel Feuermann.
©1993 Biddulph (LAB 074). Originally recorded on 8 September 1941. First issued on Victor 11-8176/78 (matrices PCS 061590/95).

Beethoven, Ludwig van, Duo in E-Flat “Mit Zwei Obligaten Augengläsern.” William Primrose & Emanuel Feuermann.
©1993 Biddulph (LAB 088). Originally recorded on 29 August 1941. First issued on Victor 11-8620 (matrices PCS 061569/70).

Video

A tour of the Primrose International Viola Archive