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David Oistrakh, Artist of the People?

David Oistrakh Artiste du PeubleDavid Oistrakh, Artiste du Peuple? is a film by Bruno Monsaingeon which traces the life of David Oistrakh,  who is recognised not only as a great violinist but also as one of music's most interesting personalities. Born in Odessa in 1908 into a Jewish family of merchants, David Oistrakh lived through the troubled years of the October Revolution. At the age of five he began studying the violin and viola and went on to perform at many concerts throughout the Soviet Union playing Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and others to packed audiences. He won several prizes along the way including the Stalin Prize in 1942.

Talent on the Double

Julia Fischer Violin & PianoA DVD, Julia Fischer Violin & Piano, available to borrow at the Music Library, features Julia Fischer, playing solo on piano and violin in the same concert. The concert was recorded at Frankfurt, 1st January 2008.

Julia Fischer says she knew from an early age that she wanted to be a musician. She took up the violin because, when she was a child she always had to wait until her mother and her brother (who is four years older than her) had finished practising on the family's only piano. From the age of four she received piano lessons from her mother and applied herself at the Piano with nearly the same intensity she brought to playing the violin.

Music in Dublin City Public Libraries

Fiddler on the RoofDublin City Public Libraries has a significant music collection with most branches providing a range of music and music literature.

The main body of the collection is located in the Music Library. The library which is located in the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, offers an expansive resource for music students and music lovers alike. Whether you are a connoisseur or an occasional dabbler, the music library has a lot to offer free of charge.

The Library makes available in a broad range of formats, either recorded, in the case of CD's, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs & CD ROMs or printed as with Vocal Scores (Opera, Musicals) Miniature Scores, Sheet Music, Libretti and Songbooks (lieder, traditional ballads or modern).

Lunchtime Concerts and Talks

The Music Library, which is part of Dublin City Public Libraries, has run a series of lunchtime concerts and talks in the library over the last two years, which usually take place on Thursdays at 1p.m. Concerts so far have averaged one per month, sometimes two.

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