Violin Mastery Cover Page Violin Mastery, A 1919 book by Frederick H. Martens, features a lengthy interview with Hartmann, alongside such contemporary masters as Fritz Kreisler, Maud Powell, Jascha Heifetz, and Mischa Elman.It’s available for download via Google’s “Digital Books” project.Here’s the opening to the Hartmann chapter:


ARTHUR HARTMANN is distinctly and unmistakably a personality He stands out even in that circle of distinguished contemporary violinists which is so largely made up of personalities He is a composer not only of violin pieces but of symphonic and choral works chamber music songs and piano numbers His critical analysis of Bach’s Cliaconne translated into well nigh every tongue is probably the most complete and exhaustive study of that triumph of genius over matter written And besides being a master of his own instrument he plays the viola d amore that sweet toned survival with sympathetic strings of the 17th century viol family and the Hungarian czimbalom Nor is his mastery of the last named instrument out of drawing for we must remember that Mr Hartmann was born in Mate Szalka in Southern Hungary. …