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January 24, 2012 / C. J. Sperling

Musical Salt

A great little story about Jascha Heifetz, and about audiences:

“Heifetz had a violin crafted out of aluminum to withstand the corrosive, salty air of tropical climates. While performing for troops ready to land in Africa during the Second World War, Heifetz offered unaccompanied Bach to his audience. Bach, Heifetz explained to the troops, might not be to their taste but could be thought of as musical salt. After his performance, a silence ensued, followed by a yell from the back: More salt!” (as told by Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi)

Heifetz was also cool enough to own an electric car in the 1960s (probably a Henney Kilowatt). Wow.

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