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Joseph Joachim, endurance violinist
29.01.2021 The Strad
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Joseph Joachim

Joachim the man is said by one who has known him intimately for years to be a most delightful companion. Cultured in the highest degree, he is ever ready to enter into serious discussion about music, and artistic and philosophical subjects, upon all of which his utterance are of deep interest and well thought out.

He is a jovial and boon companion, the possessor of an inexhaustible store of anecdote upon which he is always ready to draw for his friends; but he has never been known to speak in any but the most generous terms of a brother artist. He is, of course, entirely free form all taint of professional ill-will or jealousy; and his sense of humour is most prominent.

He is a model of modesty, especially for so phenomenal an artist, and his willingness to please and to give pleasure to others by his playing are quite unbounded. He is a stranger to all sordidness in money matters connected with his profession, and it is said that he never accepts a fee for playing at a private house. 

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