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Three Blind Mice and Other String Quartets by Michael Spivakowsky

by Michael Spivakowsky & The Spivakowsky String Quartet

Six arrangements of familiar nursery rhymes and other melodies arranged for string quartet by world renowned composer and violinist Michael Spivakowsky. Performed by The Spivakowsky String Quartet.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Sailor's Hornpipe
Michael Spivakowsky & The Spivakowsky String Quartet
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2. Happy Birthday
Michael Spivakowsky & The Spivakowsky String Quartet
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3. Three Blind Mice
Michael Spivakowsky & The Spivakowsky String Quartet
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4. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Michael Spivakowsky & The Spivakowsky String Quartet
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5. London Bridge Is Falling Down
Michael Spivakowsky & The Spivakowsky String Quartet
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6. Fascinating Rhythm
Michael Spivakowsky & The Spivakowsky String Quartet
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Michael Spivakowsky's ( Marlow) career began at the age of 4 with studies with his father, Boris Spivakowsky. London, England-born on November 9, 1919, his early prowess with sophisticated works by a young prodigy brought his career to a strong beginning at the age of 9 when he played the Mendelssohn Concerto with the London Philharmonic. By the age of 14 Michael entered the Guildhall School of Music (London) on a full scholarship studying with the well known pedagogue, Felix Van Dyl, a student of Carl Flesch.  

With the interruption of WWII to his thriving career Spivakowsky serviced the war efforts by creating the Stradavari Orchestra with arrangements of light music broadcast on the BBC.  In 1943, he married German-born Estelle Landesberg.

Spivakowsky performed on a 1762 Carlo Annibale Tononi violin.  

His career continued on the BBC as leader and arranger. In 1945 he began a collaboration with Sir Tommy Reilly, a harmonica virtuoso. Sir Reilly asked Michael to compose the first Three Movement concerto for chromatic harmonica and full orchestra. Michael Spivakowsky's Harmonica Concerto of 1951 is considered the first important full-scale concerto for harmonica. This concerto is still being performed worldwide).

In 1954 he and his family (wife Estelle, son Eugene, and daughter Janet) immigrated to the United States. Over several decades he served as a first-call recording session musician, Broadway show pit musician, and conductor. He toured with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Spivakowsky spent about 10 years in the latter stages of his professional career in the string section of the Frank Sinatra Orchestra.  

In addition to playing the violin (also the viola and mandolin), composing and arranging, he was also a prolific painter. He died on May 13, 1983 from a second heart attack while traversing the Tappan Zee Bridge at the age of 63.

He arranged 10 string quartets based primarily on nursery rhymes in the 1970s. Only six were recorded.

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