William Primrose

(1903—1982) viola player

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(b Glasgow, 1903; d Provo, Utah, 1982).

Scottish‐born violist and violinist (Amer. cit. 1955). Changed from vn. to va. on Ysaÿe's advice and played in London Str. Qt. 1930–5. Settled in USA 1937. Prin. va. NBC SO 1938–42. Many appearances as soloist. Formed str. qt. 1939. Violist in Festival Qt. 1954–62. Commissioned Bartók's va. conc. and gave f.p. with Minneapolis SO, 1949. Taught at Indiana Univ. Sch. of Mus., Bloomington, 1965–72, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, 1979–82. CBE 1953.

Subjects: Music.

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