THE MICHIGAN QUARTERLY REVIEW
niece, cousin, a relative by marriage, or Auer's accompanist from
his touring days in Europe. Her status, whatever it had been,
was finally clarified when the aging professor married her in
1924. He was then seventy-nine. He wrote from Hot Springs
where he was enjoying a brief autumn vacation:
I do not know if you read about my marriage with Mrs. Wanda
B. Stein? Well, we were married in New York on June 24th.
Apparently she continued to serve as his secretary since he
added: "She has booked you for three lessons, October 13, 21,
and 31-." With post-war conditions improving Auer had resumed summers in Loschwitz, near Dresden, the scene of his
In the winter of 1927 I again booked a Town Hall recital.
Auer, now eighty-two and in frail health, generously scheduled
me for two or three lessons. When I entered his West End
Avenue apartment he greeted me warmly but appeared tired
and his voice was weak and husky. As soon as I started to
play his old animation returned. His eyes lighted and danced.
He admonished, exhorted, implored, and shouted, again lifting
me out of myself.
A few days before my recital he wrote:
It is with the greatest regret I have to tell you that I will be unable
to be present at your recital. Having caught cold-and suffering
somewhat-my physician has ordered me to stay indoors. You have
my best wishes for a well deserved success.
Later the same year Professor Auer sent me a touching note
on my marriage:
Sincerest congratulations to the bride and groom from the old professor who wishes you both years of health, happiness, and continued
artistically (sic) success.
I received a final letter from Professor Auer in December,
1928, urging me to enter the Schubert Memorial Contest for
young artists. "I think you ought to compete," he wrote. I had
other commitments, however, and did not heed his advice.