Kreisler Was it an innocent joke or a despicable fraud? That's what Kreisler's audience asked when they found out that he -- not some obscure composers of the past -- actually wrote his violin showpieces. Mexican composer Manuel Maria Ponce was a prankster, too. He attributed his Suite in A Minor to lutenist Sylvius Leopold Weiss. Adam Holzman plays excerpts from Ponce's Suite in A Minor.
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Was it an innocent joke or a despicable fraud? That's what Kreisler's audience asked when they found out that he — not some obscure composers of the past — actually wrote his violin showpieces. Mexican composer Manuel Maria Ponce was a prankster, too. He attributed his Suite in A Minor to lutenist Sylvius Leopold Weiss. Adam Holzman plays excerpts from Ponce's Suite in A Minor.