Carol Muskoron
 
When I was a child I played the violin. I didn't really like the instrument but I had a go at school and was sent home with a note saying I had promise and that buying me a violin might be a good idea. To my surprise, my dad jumped at the idea.

I played quite well. I got a distinction at one exam, a merit in one and a pass in another, but I probably wouldn't have played if not for the sheer bliss it seemed to give my dad. Sometimes he cried when I played. He told me his sister used to play. Her name was Ann. She lived in America and he said she played at the London Palladium. I didn't really believe him.

Dad came from a poor East End Jewish family. Not all Jewish East End families were poor. My mum's family came from there too, but they were prosperous. Dad's lot were not. He and his sister and brother got rheumatic fever as kids as a result of poor housing conditions and as a direct result of that, all three later died of heart conditions. The idea of this poor, sick family being the home of a professional violinist struck me as odd. How did she manage to learn the violin with all of that going on? They wouldn't have had money for teachers. Or instruments. Or the time.

But amidst the poverty somehow two of his sisters turned out musical, Dad told me. His sister Milly was good on the piano. And Ann was professional he said. 'Yeah, yeah, yeah!' he used to say - I have always had a transparent face and I suppose my scepticism showed.

I never met my Auntie Ann - Dad was told he was too ill to fly so we never went to see her, and she was too ill to visit us. But aside from telling me that she played the violin Dad said she was very cultured, and kind and beautiful and modest. She sounded too good to be true.

I did speak to her on the phone once, mind you - this was at a time when international calls were a seriously big deal. Dad seemed to totally come to life when she called. He spoke to her for what seemed like an age and then called out, 'Come and talk to Auntie Ann!'. One by one we did as he said.

When it was my turn I heard a warm, American voice saying, 'Hello darling. I hear you play the violin. That's nice. I used to play the violin you know...' She had a very soft voice and somehow I felt that she loved me. She'd never met me but her love for my dad was so strong that it came right down through the phone to her unsuspecting little niece!

Auntie Ann died not long after that and I have never, before or since, seen a man so distraught as my dad was at the news of her passing away.

Over the years, relatives had told me that Ann was a professional violinist, but still somehow it jarred. How 'professional' was she? Maybe she played a bit but she probably hadn't been that good. Once or twice I did an internet search for 'Ann Muskoron violinist' or 'Ann Muskoron orchestra' but nothing came up.

Then when my mum died not long ago, I found these photos with 'Ann Muskoron' written on the back of each. None of them say that Ann played at the Palladium but somehow looking at them, I can see that she was professional, and I can totally believe that she played at the London Palladium.
I can also believe that she was cultured and kind and beautiful and modest.

I can only imagine quite how much being musical must have meant in a family that was struggling as they  struggled. And for Ann to earn her living by playing the violin must have seemed like nothing less than a miracle.

I wrote this blog so that if any body else did ever search for Ann Muskoron online, they would find something about her. RIP Auntie Ann. I also wrote it as a very late apology to my dad for not believing him. Sorry Dad. And RIP to you too.
 


Comments

Belinda Rhodes
08/31/2014 11:19pm

Beautiful story, Carol. What a wonderful thing that you found photos of her! She must have worked very hard to allow her talent to flourish amidst the difficult circumstances.

Reply
Carol
09/01/2014 2:09pm

Thank you Belinda. I felt like I'd stumbled on treasure when I found the photos...

Reply
09/01/2014 12:27am

What a fascinating discovery and a wonderful story. I love those old photographs. There's a novel in there surely , Carol

Reply
Carol
09/01/2014 2:10pm

Thanks Catherine. The photos are gorgeous aren't they. The novel... Hmmm....

Reply
jack shamash
09/01/2014 3:07am

Actually they weren't ordinary photos. The pictures were printed postcards. so presumably they were produced for professional reasons - as a sort of advert.

Reply
Jacqui Conn
09/01/2014 3:18pm

She was an amazing lady. I never realised her talent went back to her early life. I really wished I'd heard her play. RIP auntie Annie xxxx

Reply
09/13/2015 3:23am

Hi! Check out this outstanding website and order a dissertation there. You will be amazed with quality of your paper.

Reply
02/19/2016 8:36am

You are talented)) Cool pics btw)

Reply

Nice pictures. I really like your blog. It is fantastic article. Thanks for sharing.

Reply
07/12/2016 11:26am

Piano was utilized by Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, as the Keeper of the Instruments; he was a specialist harpsichord producer, and was very much familiar with the assemblage of learning on stringed console instruments. It is not known precisely when Cristofori first assembled a piano. A stock made by his bosses, the Medici family, shows the presence of a piano by the year 1700; another report of dicey realness demonstrates a date of 1698. The three Cristofori pianos that survive today date from the 1720s.Visit more at clavis.nl

Reply
08/22/2016 5:49pm

This kind of is absolutely a zapatillas nike air max fantastic destination to talk about this issue.

Reply
08/22/2016 6:39pm

I should certainly pronounce, I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info ended up being truly simple to do to access.

Reply
09/30/2016 2:21pm

There is no such thing as standard music. Music is diverse to the point that it difficult to say that it is simply normal. That is the reason we have distinctive sorts and catagories.

Reply

Yes it is true that the music is been transfer from our elders to us or we have to make really hard effort to get the grip on anything related to music. All the legendary singers are having the background that is attached with the singers.

Reply
10/28/2016 2:11pm

The strings might be sounded by drawing the hair of the bow held by the right hand crosswise over them (arco) or by culling them (pizzicato) regularly with the right hand.

The right arm, hand, and bow are in charge of tone quality, cadence, elements, verbalization, and most (however not all) adjustments in timbre.

Reply

Nowadays, more and more people become interested in the field of psychology. However, an individual may have definite interest towards this study, but be not quite sure whether it is worth obtaining a graduate degree in psychology. 

Reply
11/16/2016 2:12am

Educated, experienced and incredibly talented writers will work on your essay writing!

Reply
12/09/2016 9:05pm

There are number of families which have the same situation there found musician found at each level of their family from grand parents to grandsons.

Reply
12/15/2016 9:57pm

If you are one of those persons who have often thought of going to college to get a degree, there is no better time than now. Maybe you have watched as your co-worker who has a degree was promoted instead of you.

Reply

download facetime for android

Reply
01/10/2017 12:54am

dhse kerala results

Reply
01/14/2017 8:09am

Reply
03/01/2017 8:17pm

Many families are there where every family members are associated with creative arts . Singers who are from a musical background knows a lot about it. Most of them are well trained and know how to perform to handle different kind of audience. I am a trainer work with a band. If you want can contact me here http://ambitious.nl/

Reply
03/22/2017 1:15am

Reply

I think mimicking popular posts on other blogs is one of the best ways to get a good idea which will be popular.Such a lovely blog you have shared here with us. Really nice.

Reply
04/18/2017 12:13am

I don't know how you feel about music, but I can really get into listening to some zippy tunes that can often lift my mood. I simply love all kinds of different types of music.

Reply
05/12/2017 3:02am

thanks for sharing useful information

Reply

Fotothing allows you to share your latest and greatest photos with your friends, family and the world. Other users can post comments on your photos,

Reply
08/06/2017 8:04pm

Our chiropractor and the rest of the welcoming team at Murfreesboro Family Chiropractic are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs,

Reply
08/22/2017 5:18pm

Digital torque gauges are designed for clockwise and counter-clockwise torque testing. The Jacob’s chuck is a versatile attachment and can be used for a variety of applications.

Reply
09/18/2017 6:32pm

Dr. Carol Lockwood has been practicing on Chicago's North Shore for over 20 years. She graduated from Northwestern University Dental School #1 in her 1992 class in clinical patient skills/care.

Reply

We’re committed to teaching our patients that true health is a journey, not a destination. Through educational opportunities (like this website), we hope to communicate the value of ongoing chiropractic care.

Reply
10/06/2017 4:57am

href="https://diwali2017wishes.in/">happy diwali 2017 wishes</a>

href="https://diwali2017wishes.in/"> diwali sms</a>
fun with diwali

Reply
10/06/2017 10:14am

Beauti Queen amazing kolkata escorts agency alwyas ready for you at your doorstep. Beauti Queen provide you high profile independent girl in kolkata, escorts service in kolkata, kolkata escorts. If you are looking for the ultimate encounter in Kolkata then I am your sophisticated young Kolkata escorts that provides upscale companionship for making your night becomes true.

Reply
10/06/2017 10:14am

Beauti Queen amazing kolkata escorts agency alwyas ready for you at your doorstep. Beauti Queen provide you high profile independent girl in kolkata, escorts service in kolkata, kolkata escorts. If you are looking for the ultimate encounter in Kolkata then I am your sophisticated young Kolkata escorts that provides upscale companionship for making your night becomes true.

Reply
10/06/2017 10:20am

Beauti Queen amazing kolkata escorts agency alwyas ready for you at your doorstep. Beauti Queen provide you high profile independent girl in kolkata, escorts service in kolkata, kolkata escorts. companionship for making your night becomes true.

Reply
10/13/2017 2:10am

Jiya Roy is a high class luxury and premium independent escorts agency in Gurgaon offering sexy independent escort Girls, models and cheap rate call girls for incalls and outcalls and travel arrangements. Female companions available 24/7 for business events, tour guide and much more.

Reply
10/13/2017 10:27am

Gurgaonfemales.in offers highly educated model from Gurgaon and best Escorts service in Gurgaon through some of its sizzling Independent escorts in Gurgaon Call Girls who are available to customers 24*7.

Reply

Renu Das Kolkata Escorts Services has gorgeous females provides Independent Escorts Service in Kolkata call girls at 100% satisfaction with VIP models. Provided Kolkata escorts at our agency are professional in nature and are eager to serve you at your place.

Reply
10/14/2017 5:35pm

Create the relationship you've always dreamed of, with the partner you fell in love with, let The Lighthouse show you the way.

Reply



Leave a Reply