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Yehudi Menukhin is one of the most famous violinists in the world and has been amazing with his gift since he was a child. In a short time, in the 30 years of the 20 century, he became the "most famous child on the planet". In 1929, only at the age of 13, Menuhin gave a concert in Berlin, and the great physicist theorist Albert Einstein, present in the audience, said excitedly: "The day of miracles is not over yet. Our old friend Yehudi is still busy. "

 

Yehudi's uniqueness is not so much in his technical performances, but in the confidence with which he performed the works. Due to his innate talent and insight, he has become one of the few classical violinists to be recognized only by the sound of the violin. Yehudi, unlike Joseph Szigeti or Misha Elman, is not another talent, but a "natural miracle" that continues to amaze people, even 17 years after his death.

 

There is one story that Jehovah is known for. In 1941, when he was 25 years old and his fame declined for a decade, he joined a party in Long Island, where he had the opportunity to show off his shooting skills. Although he had never touched a weapon before, Yehudi used it like his favorite violin - he put the gun on his left shoulder and then fired a perfect shot. His talent for concentrating on one thing and harnessing all his strength has always impressed people who have had contact with the great artist before.

 

His second wife, Diana, a middle-class Englishwoman who settled in London with Yehudi in 1959, describes him as "the world's greatest seducer." Despite his talent, he was quite messy, and Diana often had to interrupt his yoga training to remind him that there was a concert to prepare for. From the side, Yehudi had everything a person could dream of. Gifted with enormous talent, with loving parents who gave everything for their beloved child to nourish their talents, wealth and women in abundance, it seems strange that the great violinist was confused and unhappy in his personal life.

Yehudi Menukhin with his yoga instructor

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Although he had achieved so much, he was in crisis because of technical problems during the violin playing that an experienced violinist would have easily dealt with. The slope of his bow became uneven and often confused the intonation. These problems were exacerbated, and if it had ever been a pleasure to listen to Menukhin, it would now be confusing and difficult. On a personal level, the artist also had problems with his family after their relationship became complicated and strained. Raised in a family of far-left Jewish immigrants from Russia, after settling in San Francisco in 1918, Menukhin learned not to show his feelings to people. During his constant relocation in his childhood, he was the "scales" that kept the family together and suppressed the constant strife and scandal. Childhood problems shifted the focus of his current problems, and by playing the violin he tried not to think about them. He felt like an ancient Greek god, in his own Olympus, who from above looks down upon men and finds security only in his solitude.

 

Unlike the man Menukhin, who had an unhappy personal life, the artist Menukhin sought to make his listeners happy and to make the world a better place to live through his works. This could not be interpreted as arrogance, because Menukhin was his most fierce critic and even as a child he felt powerless, wondering how to fill his entire free time. He, in turn, had the music that taught him discipline, and in return he had the power to heal his confused soul and to find, at least for a little while, peace and peace in himself.

Yehudi Menukhin and Ravi Shankar

It was the music for Menukhin that was the "divine spark" that accompanied his life. Together with the composer Edward Benjamin Britten, they traveled to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (Bergen Belsen) in the city of Bergen, delivering performances to prisoners, where his belief that the good always wins is good. Because of this faith and with a great deal of heart, he campaigned before the judges who sentenced Nazi collaborators to pardon the great German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, who had been arrested for complicity with the Nazis. This generosity made many people turn against him and accuse him of sympathy for the Nazis. The pianist Arthur Rubinstein was one of many who boycotted the appointment of Furtwangler as director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This angered Menukhin, who believed in Wilhelm's innocence and trusted the court's judgment.

 

Even his family was annoyed that Yehudi was constantly looking for the good in people. It was not one or two times that he caused a public scandal. As chairman of the International Music Council, Yehudi Menukhin delivered a speech in the Soviet Union in which he praised dissident poet Yevgeny Evtushenko. In 1991, he was honored with the Wolf Prize and, upon receiving it, delivered a speech condemning the Israeli government's repressive policies against the Palestinians.

 

Although he seemed politically naive, he was culturally extremely wise and respected by many. He coined the term "world music" before talking about such a style at all. Even before the world heard about the Beatles, Yehudi, along with the famous Indian musician Ravi Shankar, made Indian classical music easily recognizable to the West. He was concerned about the environment and became one of the first people in Britain to have an electric car. He founded a school for talented children in Stoke D'Abernon, where they received a comprehensive education, not just focused on music. Even Menuhin himself returned to school to be able to fully unravel not only the mystery of the violin, but also to understand the connection between mind, body and spirit.

 

This difficult journey, designed to gather the scattered parts of human nature, defines it as the "saving grace of true civilization." There are few people like Yehudi Menukhin who have dedicated their whole soul to this great journey and, despite many difficulties, have not strayed from the right path.

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