Joseph 'Joska' Szigeti

Scope and Content

This sub-series includes letters sent from Szigeti to Armide, dating from the 1940s-1970s, as well as letters sent from his wife, Wanda, and his daughter, Irene.

Also includes:

-material relating to published works by Szigeti

-collected articles and ephemera documenting Szigeti's career

-photographs of Szigeti and his family

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph 'Joska' Szigeti (1892-1973) was a Hungarian violinist. He was highly regarded both as a performer and as an advocate for new music. He frequently played duets with his friend, Béla Bartók, a Hungarian pianist and composer. Bartók also wrote pieces for Szigeti to perform, including 'Rhapsody No. 1'.

Szigeti became acquainted with Armide in the 1940s, possibly through her mother, Valentine Oppé. They developed a close friendship which lasted the rest of Szigeti's life. During this time, Armide became increasingly involved in Szigeti's career, helping him book concerts and liaising with record labels to release his recordings. Most notably, she assisted him in an editorial capacity, with his memoirs: Szigeti, J. (1969) Szigeti on the violin. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd.

Szigeti was married to Wanda Ostrowska, and they had one daughter, Irene.

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