Tribute to Julius Baker

Julius Baker—A Tribute
By Sandra Ragusa

Julius Baker was considered by many to be America’s premiere flutist of the 2nd half of the 20th Century. His long career found him at the center of many of the great orchestras as well as a formidable recording artist. This 2004 publication chronicles his life and career in great detail—from his upbringing in Cleveland to his studies at the Eastman School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music and then to his major jobs with the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, CBS Orchestra, Bach Aria Group and the New York Philharmonic. His subsequent teaching endeavors at The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute and summer festivals allowed him to influence generations of flutists, many who have become the top players and teachers in the U.S. This book is replete with photographs and anecdotal remembrances of Baker from colleagues and students. The author also details his active recording schedule, radio & TV broadcasts, chamber and solo recitals as well as copies of programs. I found the section at the end of the publication to be among the most fascinating aspects of the book. Photocopies of Baker’s notes while a student at Curtis of William Kincaid indicate a talented young flutist’s discipline and determination to succeed in his studies, traits that Baker manifested throughout his illustrious career. If you are not familiar with the effortless beauty of Baker’s playing, this book will be a fine introduction to one of the woodwind giants of the 20th century. And if you are already well versed in Baker’s music-making, then Julius Baker–A Tribute will enhance your respect and love for this flutist. To purchase this book, go to the following link:


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