Fritz Kreisler was a violin virtuoso and orchestral composer. One of the most famous violin masters of his day, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. His extraordinary talent manifested itself when he was only 4, and it was carefully fostered by his father. Fritz Kreisler's brilliant technique was ably matched by his remarkable tone, both of which he always placed in the service of the composer. "Fritz Kreisler: Four Weeks in the Trenches--The War Story of a Violinist" is an interesting read, providing fascinating insights in what it was like to be a soldier during World War I.