Quotes

I never care to lean on a style, past or present, and particularly not on the so-called contemporary or experimental “avant-garde-style”…. Styles are secondary but quality comes first and will remain.

Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté

 

S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté is a born musician. She is a musician by God’s favour. All her compositions and her violin and piano playing are a manifestation of this favour, and provide us with a feeling of an abundance of rich gifts of the kind that can only be endowed by nature.

– Pablo Casals, cellist

 

How can you play the violin and piano so well and at the same time be such a good composer?

– Leopold Stokowski, conductor 

 

The Caprices actually owe their origin to mere accidents!

– Francis Chaplin, first violinist to record Sonia’s 10 Solo Violin Caprices

 

I have Sonia’s love at my side which gives me courage and her enveloping confidence which gives me strength.

Walter Gramatté, artist and first husband of Sonia

 

my Wall, my unique dear artist-comrade, with whom I wish to share our fates forever

– Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté

 

Although I sense a maternal feeling within me, and I ardently wish to have a child whom I could give a little bit of the happiness which I have never known myself, I believe I shall never have one.  I already love it too much to let it suffer here on earth with us.

– Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté

 

Today we are nothing but robots.  People become excited when millions of soldiers, like marionettes, all make the same movement with one jerk – because they don’t know how to write poetry any more.

– Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté

 

Too often, I have found, when I submitted my compositions as a woman, the examiners glanced at my name, murmured kindly, “Ah, from a woman.  We’ll look at her little effort later… if we get around to it.” I do not mind people knowing I am a woman after they know my music.  But before that, the handicap of sex is too great.

– Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté

 

These 10 Caprices make a very significant and valuable contribution to the solo violin repertoire and violinists should find it a gratifying experience to study and perform them.

– Francis Chaplin