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Thank you for the beautiful memory of Felix Galimir (Encore, February/March). What is little known is that in addition to Juilliard, Curtis, Manner, and Marlboro, he also taught at the City College of New York, where students like me, bound for other disciplines, had the privilege of his stewardship. In later years I used to tease him that he was the best stand partner I ever had; indeed, we played together in orchestra for several unforgettable years in the 'COs, and I recall to this day the principles he employed in fingering orchestral passages. He was a ferocious chamber-music coach; if you were smart, you knew not to take anything personally-in fact, you had to worry only if he did not find something to criticize.

I want to mention his wonderful wife, Suzanne, who died only last year. Felix would never have survived as long as he did were it not for her intelligent and witty care and devotion.

-Nora Avins Klein

Houston, Texas

I enjoyed your Encore piece on Felix Galimir very much. Felix and I went all the way back to 1958-63, when he was on the faculty at the City College of New York. He was the faculty concertmaster of the CCNY orchestra (under the direction of Fritz Jahoda) and I was his assistant concertmaster during my years there. He also coached a string quartet in which I was first violinist, and I shall never forget his commenting to me that "for an engineering student, you play pretty good fiddle!"

The faculty string quartet at CCNY included Galimir on first violin, Michael Tolomeo on second violin, Jack Shapiro on viola, and Otto Deri on cello. …

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