This awkward, simple-looking Polish landsman was a violin virtuoso.
The Japanese artists were virtuosos of color.
He is most decidedly a virtuoso in vaudeville.
This fault-finding criticism has partially misled the virtuosos themselves.
Chopin's very Slavic version is spirited, but the virtuoso predominates.
He was a virtuoso, an amateur, a deep logician and an acute mathematician.
The virtuoso thought him a kindly boor and went away laughing.
He is a Hungarian, and has since become recognized as a virtuoso.
He is at once a moralist and a virtuoso in the literary art.
Compare him with Schumann, and the genuine romanticist tops the virtuoso.
The Hungarian virtuoso Liszt sacrifices sacred calmness and dignity to theatrical effect.
Famous Belgian violinist, and one of the most remarkable virtuosos of his time.
A man must be neither dilettante nor virtuoso, but he should be artistic.
One of the favorite objects of ridicule of the past essayists was the virtuoso.
He was a virtuoso, an amateur, and at the same time a deep logician and mathematician.
A German savant observes that Schiller was not, like Goethe, a virtuoso in love.
The man was really a virtuoso, and his beautiful playing held the audience spellbound.
He was, like the great Dutch virtuosos, and like certain Italians, more eye than soul.
Their innocent simplicity, no doubt, did not appear immodest in the eyes of the virtuoso.
Bach's piano was the clavier, upon which he was the greatest virtuoso of his time.
They like her whimsically, if you will, and somewhat as a virtuoso dotes upon his cabinet.
The congregation and Consistory were looking for a capable, mild-mannered organist, not a disquieting virtuoso.
Each then progresses to a pure outpouring of lyricism followed by virtuoso passages for the solo instrument.
He was a virtuoso and antiquary himself, and therefore recognized the full extent of his danger.
This is a piece for the virtuoso, and one of the most showy in the pianist's repertory.
The h. p. is entirely self-possessed, and has even more platform imperturbability than the applauded virtuoso.
I shall consider you hereafter, sirrah; but I am sure in all companies I pass for a virtuoso.
The principal stricture passed on the virtuoso was that he played too softly, or, rather, too delicately.
He was at first a dilettante of the piano, and as he grew up dreamed of becoming a virtuoso.
Every one of these virtuosos looked on all his associates as wretches of depraved taste and narrow notions.
The husband is interrogating his wife about a young Russian virtuoso who had just blown out his brains.
Walpole's character may be considered in a fourfold aspect, as a man, a virtuoso, a politician, and an author.
There is such mass in his criticism; so little of the mincing and niggling of the small virtuoso.
In some similar manner, the virtuoso on the concert platform sensitizes the minds and emotions of the sympathetic audience.
It does not follow by any means that the travelling virtuoso is one of the greatest violinists of his time.
His violins are light, and sonorous; his violoncellos provoke the virtuoso and enchant the ear almost as much as the eye.
Castro, who was himself a pianist, at times was unable to hide his enthusiasm for the wonderful execution of the Italian virtuoso.
It will be a comfort to me if I can now close my protracted career as virtuoso by the fulfillment of a similar duty.
The virtuoso proved to be a lanky Australian sugar-boiler, whiling away the idle hour blowing across the holes in a queer little bamboo flute.
It was not the playing of a virtuoso, though he had a large amount of virtuosity (to put it moderately) at his command.
He was to study literature and appreciate art, though he was carefully to avoid the excess which makes the pedant or the virtuoso.
An old eight-inch howitzer which has helped in a dozen curtains of fire and blown in numerous dugouts may be a virtuoso for temperament.
I wore my hair ridiculously long, as was the style with every virtuoso, and this touch of resemblance harmonized with my dreams.
Quite young, rather fat, fairly pretty, she strummed her guitar and sang, rolling her eyes fiercely, like a virtuoso executing feats of difficulty.
The virtuoso now opened the door of a closet and showed me a lamp burning, while three others stood unlighted by its side.
The costumes are not only indicated, to remind the reader of the various people engaged, but dwelt upon with the unction of a virtuoso.
At the time when he came into George Sand's life, Chopin, the composer and virtuoso, was the favorite of Parisian salons, the pianist in vogue.
He was a virtuoso on the violoncello and a composer of some note; but his usefulness was sadly impaired by his sufferings from gout.
There was at this time living in London an Italian artist, man of letters and musical virtuoso, who was the spoiled darling of Society.
Rome, professedly the first musical city of Italy, and of Europe, was ignorant of Paganini, the greatest violin virtuoso of Italy and the world.
All your virtuosos in heraldry are content to know that they had ancestors who lived five hundred years ago, no matter how they died.
He was undeniably a genius; it needed but a few bars of fortissimo plus crescendo to realize that he was a virtuoso of the first rank.
In some quiet country villa, miles away from the center of unlicensed Bacchanalian revels, the virtuoso may be found working hard upon next season's repertoire.
As long as one remains a virtuoso, one can still astonish ears habituated to vulgar exercises; but all the same, a single string is very risky!
An old German virtuoso consents to take for his pupil a youth who proves to have an aptitude for technique, but not the soul of an artist.
The aristocracy were eager to admit her to their circle, and the Austrian Empress named her court virtuoso, an honor never before bestowed on a foreigner.
He loved his prudence as an artistic capability, and was glad to give proofs, by all kinds of virtuoso performances, of its extent and unusual pliability.
No piping nor fiddling, I beseech you; no days lost in poring upon almost imperceptible 'intaglios and cameos': and do not become a virtuoso of small wares.
He immeasurably broadened the technical treatment of the piano, not only as a virtuoso, but in the direction of variety of expression, delicate accentuation and exquisite tone.
He became member of a nobleman's club, indulged his virtuoso tendencies, played whist, and filled his idle hours with a little politics and a little art.
We must here observe that he was one of the first of the Italian school who gave decided expression to the solo and virtuoso side of his instrument.
In composing such bravura pieces, the author limits himself only by the range of the virtuoso, which by definition far transcends the modesty of nature.
Liszt has said that in every young artist there is the virtuoso fever, and Chopin being a pianist did not escape the fever of the footlights.
This dissertation closes as follows: "In order to judge a virtuoso, one must listen to him while at the clavichord, not while at the piano or harpsichord."
With a surprising degree of facility he began to vary a touching adagio air with some fine extempore variations, which he executed with all the taste of a virtuoso.
The genuine original types of the Rococo, however, the fantastic virtuosos of personality, have, indeed, long since been gathered to their fathers and will not return.
A picturesque, old German virtuoso consents to take for his pupil a handsome youth who proves to have an aptitude for technique, but not the soul of an artist.
Charlie Stevens, who had trustfully tugged his faithful fiddle along, insisted on rendering a solo of anguishing shrieks and squawks, assuming the majestic mien of a virtuoso.
She was quite young, rather fat, and fairly pretty, and she strummed her guitar and sang, rolling her eyes fiercely, like a virtuoso executing feats of difficulty.
He cannot separate the virtuoso of comedy from his general concept of comedy itself, and that concept is inextricably mingled with memories of foul ambuscades and mortifying hurts.
Touchingly faithful to his old enthusiasm, he busied himself by singling out the wife of the virtuoso on every possible occasion, with the most exaggerated homage and attentions.
They term the productions of artists objects of virtue; and a person who has a taste for such things is denominated a virtuoso, that is, a virtuous man.
"For instance, that when you were a boy you had played one of your own compositions to some Italian virtuoso, and that he had foretold a great future for you."
The virtuosos of personality, the strange Rococo original types, were the forbears of the literary Storm and Stress writers, the artistic reformers, the big and little demagogues.
From recourse to this, Schubert's bashfulness and lack of skill as a virtuoso on any instrument helped to bar him, though he accompanied his own songs with exquisite effect.
For a time his careless life had its allurements, but the young virtuoso was frequently reduced to great straits, and on one occasion, if not more, pawned his violin.
There is no charlatanism or trickery in his playing, nor any virtuoso effects, but the charm of it rests in his glowing temperament, ideal conception, and wonderful power of expression.
The later ones we shall find in their place in succeeding chapters, but there have been very few violinists of English birth who have followed the career of the "virtuoso."
He was only fifteen when he initiated a worldwide career as virtuoso which continued until the end of his life and placed him with the foremost violinists of his generation.
However, everyone there except Morton applauded enthusiastically and hilariously, and Larry Jones, sweeping his offending locks aside with the careless and impatient grace of a violin virtuoso, bowed repeatedly.
It was a house like a theater and with all the requisites of the latter; there artists and men of letters, virtuosos and danseuses, ate, slept, and lodged as in a hotel.
I coldly admired the astonishing technique of the young virtuoso, now playing in public for the first time, and the extraordinary charm he possessed, which was like hypnotism or magic.
No prominent virtuoso would dream of playing a concerto or similar piece in conjunction with it, and on the appearance of such a one at a concert, the accompaniments were invariably played on the piano.
With what burning curiosity the night of the concert was awaited I need not describe, nor of the papers teeming with anecdotes of the venerable virtuoso whose name betrayed his Asiatic origin.
The ornamental or border illuminations have more grace and beauty than the subjects represented; although, to the eye of an antiquarian virtuoso, the representations of the unfortunate monarch will be the most interesting.
The increase in the number of applicants for autographs is so great that it has become necessary to adopt positive regulations to protect the author from the exorbitant claims of this class of virtuosos.
Gross, a young virtuoso on the violoncello, which, though its difficult rhythmical proportions and harmonic progressions are little in accordance with the present fashion, had the good fortune to be well received.
Schumann had, in his impatience to overcome the weakness of his fourth or ring fingers, employed a mechanical appliance which permanently lamed his hands, thereby dashing his hopes of becoming a piano virtuoso.
One must hire an auditorium, hire an orchestra, and, according to some very frank and disgusted young virtuosos who have failed to succeed, hire a critic or so like the amusing Trotter in Fanny's First Play.
Work on the tan and some postgraduate snorkeling, a strategic move while I still enjoyed a small sliver of her attention, before a certain "totally terrific" skateboard virtuoso finally got around to noticing her.
The qualities that make her work noteworthy are first, a virtuoso command of language that fits itself to the most diverse themes, and second, a sort of fantastic, curious irony that is essentially American.
When technique is turned to such uses, not for the vainglory of a virtuoso, but for the service of the artist in his earnest work of expression, then it identifies itself with art.
He was a virtuoso in malefactors, and did not care to encumber himself with a capture out of which, so little credit with his superiors could be got, as three squawks sleeping on a pier.
He rarely performed in public, though, in Mendelssohn's judgment, he was "a truly perfect virtuoso" as well as a thorough musician, with a faculty for improvisation such as, perhaps, no other pianist ever possessed.
Hals was astounded, and more so as the visitor progressed, for it was borne in upon him that such a stylish virtuoso could be none other than his famous rival, the great Flemish master.
Any extravagance that distinguishes a man from other men appeals equally to their sexual ambition; they confuse the dramatist with the actor, and make no distinction between the virtuoso and the artist.
Their feathers were devoted to a thousand purposes of ornament, and among others, to the construction of those very singular Mosaic works, or pictures, which have won the admiration even of European painters and virtuosos.
The virtuoso, before replying, laid his hand upon an antique dart, or javelin, the rusty steel head of winch seemed to have been blunted, as if it had encountered the resistance of a tempered shield, or breastplate.
We can all readily understand how much more pleasing it is to hear a true virtuoso play the violin or pianoforte than it is to listen to a beginner who can perform indifferently on a number of instruments.
She would then dream again of a more adventurous life: a sensational marriage with an American millionaire, the elopement with a violin virtuoso or a Spanish officer, a diabolical ruination of all the men who came near her.