Thursday, December 18, 2014

More About Abe

Here's a little more on Abe Torchinsky, whose obituary appears today, and a few things you might look for in the accompanying photograph. The shot was taken in the spring of 1969, at Simon Gratz High School. On the chalkboard is something you'd probably not see today - a piano reduction of the first few bars of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (remember those five-space chalk holders we used to drag to create a musical staff?) The teacher with whom Torchinsky is speaking is George Allen.

More About Abe

Here's a little more on Abe Torchinsky, whose obituary appears today, and a few things you might look for in the accompanying photograph. The shot was taken in the spring of 1969, at Simon Gratz High School. On the chalkboard is something you'd probably not see today - a piano reduction of the first few bars of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (remember those five-space chalk holders we used to drag to create a musical staff?) The teacher with whom Torchinsky is speaking is George Allen.

Above their heads are musical heroes of the day - Eugene Ormandy, Mahalia Jackson, and others.

The photo, by the way, is another from Adrian Siegel. You hate to imagine what wouldn't be known today about the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra had the cellist from the orchestra not been snapping away all those years.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
About this blog

Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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