Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kickin' it with John Insley Coddington and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

Robert Charles Anderson does great interviews and tributes. Recently, he did one on long time editor of The American Genealogist, David L. Greene, but one of my favorite interviews of all time is his 1981 interview of John Insley Coddington that was published by the Association for the Promotion of Scholarship in Genealogy that same year. Coddington resided in Washington, D.C. for years and a few years ago, I took the time to see where he lived. It is a thin brick row house, nestled in a long line of other town houses of differing colors on Church street, not easily located if you try to find it off the circle in Dupont. It is a quiet street and I imagine it was perfect for writing, thinking and researching.

The interview is lovely and you see into the life of a formidable genealogist. His life and the pieces inspired in this publication go great with Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini."

The 1934 version is available at Internet Archive: RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini and the publication, "A Tribute to John Insley Coddington," is available at The Genealogist back issues.