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Potrait MAY LEGGET ABEL MAY LEGGETT‐ABEL May Leggett Abel's brilliant technique and interpretative pow-ers entitle her to a position among the leading American violinists. Her career thus far has been a remarkable series of successes, each year showing greater maturity of style and security of technique. Whether the most difficult Concerto, or the most tender Berceuse, her influence over an audience is equally mag-netic, and her natural simplicity and sweetness of manner in-stantly establishes her in the good graces of her listeners. During her two years in Paris, Mrs. Abel attracted a great deal of attention, and could easily have established herself there had she not preferred to live in America. Besides her success in concert, she was invited to play at the Salons of the late President Carnot; Madame Mathilde Marchesi, the celebrated vocal teacher; the Countess Clarissa Ziska, the distinguished Italian singer; the Baroness de Launay; the American Minister, Mr. Whitelaw Reid; and many others of international reputation, and was accorded the highest honors. Her appearance upon any program is always a guarantee of its success. CONCERT‐VIOLINIST May Leggett Abel played Vieuxtemtps Ballade and Polonaise with great charm.‐Detroit Free Press. May Leggett Abel gave Vieuxtemtps Ballad and Polonaise with grace and charm, displaying remarkable interpretative power and exceptional technical equipment.‐ Post, Syracuse, N. Y. Mrs. Abel completely captivated her audience by her masterly rendition of Vieuxtemtps Ballade and Polonaise.‐Detroit Saturdav Night. May Abel's playing grows in artistic breadth and dis-tinction every year. She played with great bravura in the Wieniawski Fantasie Caprice, and her smaller pieces were given with fervor and tenderness.‐Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N. Y. In the Concerto Mrs. Abel displayed great beauty of tone, beautiful sentiment and great technical and musical ability. Her playing is virile yet withal delicate and refined, and bears all the evidences of the true artist.‐Detroit Times. May Leggett Abel is one of the few lady violinists who have won distinction on the American concert stage. She is an artist of rare ability; she began the study of the violin when a mere child, and continued steadily until recently, when she returned from a two years' course in Paris. While in Paris Mrs. Abel was invited to play at the salons of the late President Carnot; Madame Matilde Marchesi, the celebrated vocal teacher; Madame la Comtesse Clarisse Ziska, the well known Italian singer and teacher; the Baroness de Launay; the American minister, and many others of international reputation, where she was accorded the very highest Honors.‐Concert Goer, Chicago. May Leggett Abel's playing was clear, broad and bold. Her tone was perfectly taken and admirably sustained, her accuracy being especially apparent in the extreme upper notes.‐Daily Times, Saginaw. The violin playing by Mrs. Abel was the feature of the evening; her, execution was neat and precise, her tone strong, mire and sweet.‐Standard, Watertown, New York. May Leggett-Abel is entitled to rank with the best lady violinists, her execution being almost without limit, her tones true, and her interpretation sympathetic. ‐Detroit News-Tribrune. May Leggett-Abel was the star of the night's faculty concert of the Michigan Conservatory of Music, given at the Church of Our Father. She played with such spirit and fire, and such warmth of tone, supplemented by an admirable technique, that nothing but the stringent rule forbidding encores prevented her from playing again in response to the demands of the audience.‐Detroit Free Press. Over 600 people filled the Church of Our Father Thursday evening for the Faculty concert of the Michi-gan Conservatory of Music. The opening number was the sonata in A major by Raff, played by May Leggett--Abel and Alberto Jonas with the perfection of ensemble and artistic finish that stands as an example of how such music should be played. Mrs. Abel appeared later in the program as soloist, playing the Romance by Wieniawski and the Tarantelle by Francois Schubert.‐Detroit Sunday News-Tribune. The violin solos of May Leggett-Abel, which opened the afternoon program, were given with excellent command and the artist was recalled after insistent applause.‐Daily Northwest, Oshkosh, Wis. Mrs. Abel brought out a beautiful tone and displayed great musicianship.‐Toledo Bee. May Leggett-Abel's quiet, lady-like bearing won her many friends in the audience from the outset, which was rapidly accentuated by her admirable rendition of the various numbers allotted her, each solo of this charm-ing violiniste being heartily encored.‐Advertiser, London, Ont. Mrs. Abel was undoubtedly the favorite of the evening, playing with musical tone and brilliancy.‐Flint Globe. Mrs. Abel, as violinist, thrilled, inspired and swayed her audience almost at will.‐State Republican, Lansing. Regarding Mrs. Abel's violin playing at Bay View, discriminating people pronounce her the best violinist and most effective concert player who has ever visited Bay View. Besides, she is a young woman of high hearing, and most pleasing presence on the platform and in social life.‐President Bay View Chautauqua. Mrs. Abel's violin playing was simply perfection and shows what skill, culture and natural gift will do for a person. She executed the most difficult selections with ease and grace and was recalled from three to four time after each number.‐Mining Journal, Ishpeming, Mich. Nature has been most lavish in her gifts to May Leggett-Abel; she possesses a handsome presence and a winning witchery of modesty, supplemented by the artistic skill of the musician, in making her violin charm the heart and soul of her listeners.‐The Star, Coldwater. Mich. May Leggett-Abel, the star of the company, received prolonged and enthusiastic applause; she handles the violin with the skill of a master, and the instrument responds to the touch of the artist with wondrous melody.‐Daily News, Flint. Mrs. Abel's number was given with spirited effect and a degree of finish in execution that found instant favor with the audience. Being loudly recalled she gave in a very effective manner a fine instance of cantabile playing.‐Patriot, Jackson, Mich. As a violiniste, May Leggett-Abel proved her merit to the high rank she has been accorded by a press and public of the American continent. Her stage presence is faultless, while her delicate touch and exquisite execution of the king of instruments fairly captivated the audience, and she was loudly applauded upon every appearance.‐Banner, Chatham, Ont. The gem of the evening was the violin playing of May Leggett-Abel. She has a remarkable technique and produces her flageolet tones in such an artistic manner that one imagines they hear the Schalmei of the Swiss Shepherd.‐Abend Post, Detroit, Mich. (Translation). May Leggett-Abel charmed with her violin solos. Her playing of the Schubert Tarantelle, said to be an old dance, played and danced by the Italians after the bite of the tarantula, was so well received it was repeated by request later in the week.‐The Lyceumite and Talent, Chicago.
|Title||May Leggett Abel|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Violinists|
|Personal Name Subject||Abel, May Leggett|
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