With Yehudi Menuhin on a Pacific Island

Monday, April 17, 1944

The McFaddens are sharing a letter from their son, J. C., of the Seabees. It seems he attended a live performance by Yehudi Menuhin on “Island X” in the Pacific. The performance, J. C. wrote, was in a “double Quonset hut, the men from branches of the service were not in ‘tux’ but in everyday work clothes, and Yehudi, not clad in dress clothes – far from it. His hair was rumpled, his general appearance rugged. But his music – his music- was magnificent.” The concert started with The Star Spangled Banner and included Dvorak’s Fifth Symphony, and a Beethoven Sonata.” He also played The Flight of the Bumblebee. Taking requests later, Yehudi broke a string during the Basque Dance by Saraste “but continued to perfection” ending with Ave Maria. The method Menuhin employed to warm in hands – he dipped them in warm water. Golly! But we enjoyed ourselves!!”

 

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