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Subject: date & yr. of death for violinist
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: bluestreak-ga
List Price: $11.00
Posted: 22 Nov 2002 16:38 PST
Expires: 22 Dec 2002 16:38 PST
Question ID: 112874
Emil Hauser was a founding member of the Budapest String
Quartet('17-32). He settled in Palestine in 1933 and founded the
Palestine Conservatory. I will accept his death date & place alone. I
can pay $4.00.  His birth date & place would earn a $3.00 tip. I'd tip
better if I could.
Subject: Re: date & yr. of death for violinist
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 07 Dec 2002 07:52 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi bluestreak-ga,

Thanks for the question. Another one off your list.

Emil Hauser was born in Budapest on 17 May 1893. He died in Israel on
27 January 1978.

How I came to this information is a bit convoluted, so bear with me.

Musicians are sometimes listed in library catalog records--I started
with this. By doing a search on the Library of Congress's OPAC, for
hauser, emil, I came up with several possibilities. The most likely
was the Emil Hauser with a birth year of 1893. All of his catalog
records were musical in nature.

Library of Congress catalog

I then went to the Social Security Death Index (advanced search) and
armed with a year of birth, entered Emil Hauser and YOB 1893. This
gives two possibilities. The second one has month and year of death as
January 1978. Last Residence listed is Jerusalem. Given Hauser's work
in Israel, that seemed a real possibility.

Social Security Death Index

Unfortunately, there appears to have been no obit in any of the major
U.S. papers. I tried all kinds of things. There were some articles
written about the Bard connection journalist-ga mentions below, but
nothing useful for your purposes.

I then went to a source called "International Index to Music
Periodicals" and struck gold.

"The group's leader Emil Hauser (1893-1978) was born in Budapest . .
." p. 421

and then a few pages later,

"Afflicted with Parkinson's Disease, he [Hauser] returned in 1960 to
Israel, where he died on 27 January 1978," p. 427.

"Budapest Odyssey," by Tully Potter. The Strad, vol. 112: 1332 April
2001, pp 420-427.

Search strategy:
Google search:
"emil hauser" 1893
"emil hauser" 1978
"emil hauser" violinist
emil hauser birth year: 1893
International Index to Music Periodicals (online database) 

I hope this answers your question. If you need additional information,
please ask for clarification and I'll do my best to assist you.

bluestreak-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $12.00
Luciaphile, I truly believe that it's your destiny(if you accept this
assignment,to become a legend in research circles. You are already
with me!. I only regret that this system only allows 5 stars. I
promised you that your hard work for Nugent would not go unrewarded,
so I'm going to give you a $6.00 tip for Hauser and another $6.00 tip
for Nugent. If you ever leave me(professionally,don't want to get your
husband mad at me) I'll cry. You are just too much for me to praise
rightously!(I can't spell).  Bluestreak

Subject: Re: date & yr. of death for violinist
From: journalist-ga on 22 Nov 2002 16:57 PST
If no researcher is able to provide an answer, you might visit and contact someone at Bard
College for some details.  On their site, it is stated "1933-44
Distinguished European emigres, in flight from fascist Europe, join
the faculty. Among them are painter Stefan Hirsch, political editor
Felix Hirsch, violinist Emil Hauser, philosopher Heinrich Bluecher,
economist Adolf Sturmthal, and philosopher Werner Wolff."
Subject: Re: date & yr. of death for violinist
From: sparky4ca-ga on 07 Dec 2002 20:25 PST
Luciaphile, way to go!!! I think we may have been "racing" on this
one. I had to quit at 02:00 PST, about 5 1/2 hours before you posted
your answer.

Bluestreak, I'm posting what I had here for you, just because. Doesn't
seem to be any sense in just deleting it. I knew there had to be an
answer somewhere. Famous people don't just materialize at the start of
their career and dematerialize at the end of it.

Possible contact info here:
Bard college, where Emil Hauser fled to during the period of 1933 to
1945, held a conference regarding the exiles from Germany during this
period. This page has contact info for a man who was involved with  a
round table discussion held as part of the conference.

This page seems to imply that he was still in what is now
Israel/Palestine as late as 1937/8.
implies that he was in the Budapest String Quartet until 1936.

“The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle, celebrating its 52nd season
this year, was founded by Helen Huntington Hull and two friends from
Staatsburg, New York. They enlisted the help of violinist Emil Hauser,
a member of the Bard College faculty and original first violinist of
the Budapest Quartet, to invite performing artists for concerts at the
Mills and Vanderbilt Mansions.”

would indicate that he was still around in 1950.
Well, he couldn’t have just vanished.
Has a listing for "emil hauser" in a cemetery, but with no data

Grove Music says:
“That year she established the Jerusalem Musical Society, and in 1922
formed the Jerusalem String Quartet with her sister Margery, a
violinist; it was reorganized in 1933 with Emil Hauser as leader”

BORIS SCHWARZ/R: Yellin [née Bentwich], Thelma', The New Grove
Dictionary of Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 6 December 2002),

“American composer. He studied theory and composition (with Druckman),
cello (with Louis Garcia-Renard), and trumpet (with Emil Hauser) at
Bard College (BA 1965)”

Grove Dictionary of Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 6 December
has contact information for a man who studied under Emil Hauser at

According to the “detailed resume” which is linked to from that site,
he graduated high school in 1959, got his BA at Bard in 1963, and his
MS at Julliard in 1965 and then took more studies at Bard. It seems to
say that he studied under Emil at Julliard in 65/66.
“20th Century Music, Juilliard School of Music, 1965-6.
Major studies with: John Becker (composition), Emil  Hauser

In addition to the possibility that he may know the answer to our
question, he may have given a clue that Emil might have been at
Julliard. It also tells us the he was alive as late as 1963 for

This page:
(translated at:)

has a picture of a music society in 1931, with Emil hauser in the
front row. I don’t know if this is the right one, though. In brackets
after his name is Hans Murer. I don’t know if that is another name for
him, but I ‘ll see what comes up.

I don’t know what it means, but he’s mentioned here for 1938:
the translated version doesn’t really help.

This page:
has a reference of some sort, but I have no clue what it means. The
translation might as well be in Latin for all the sense it makes.

In the Bard College newspaper, this issue:
has an article about Hauser flying to France to serve on a panel in

This 1962 issue has an article about a cast of Hauser’s head being

search strategies:
	violin OR violinist "Emil Hauser"
	"emil hauser" biography
	“emil hauser”

searched some databases available through Vancouver Public Library
Subject: Re: date & yr. of death for violinist
From: luciaphile-ga on 08 Dec 2002 05:42 PST
Hi sparky4ca-ga,

Wow. Amazing what different paths we take and how we can come to the
same point! Hauser did teach at Juillard. That was mentioned in one of
the articles I did find. Also looks like Hauser may have been somewhat


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