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Salient: An organ of student opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 23, No. 3. Monday, April 11, 1960

Rich (£10,500) Sound

page 15

Rich (£10,500) Sound

[Maurice Clarke interviews Campoli]

Alfredo Campoli (rhymes with Napoli) goes to bed with his violin. When travelling he nurses it on his lap—never letting the instrument out of his sight. No wonder, either. Campoli's Stradivarius coat him £10,500. Only when the violin is closeted in its case, covered with zip-up bag, and locked in a hotel room will Campoli leave it unguarded.

New Zealand Audiences

"Wonderful, very fine," says Campoli of New Zealand audiences. Incidentally, the maestro's English accent belies his Italian origin. Mr Campoli claims to have visited very country in the world bear Japan and he is remedying that soon—to the tune of 16 concerts.

Campoli visited Russia in 1957 and 1958. His last concert at Tchaikowsky Hall was performed before Comrades Khruschev and Bulganin. Both claimed to be highly delighted.

Passion For Bridge

Bridge fiend Campoli admitted that he had had tittle time lately for his favourite pastime. Other interests have been similarly neglected. Table Tennis (Campoli once represented London at table tennis), fast cars and photography, in fact everything but food; oysters particularly.

Modern Music

What does Campoli think of modern music? He approves of dance music and jazz but rock 'n' roll No! "I don't like it. I believe it does a lot of harm. It's not one of the things we can thank America for. The suggestive movements are unhealthy for most people."

Campoli was sorry that he could not play with the National Orchestra this time. "John Hopkins is a very good friend, we played together several times up in Manchester, you know."