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The Nightingale’s Sonata is a richly woven tapestry centering around author Thomas Wolf’s grandmother, the legendary violinist Lea Luboshutz, and her remarkable musical family.  Spanning generations, from the shores of the Black Sea to the glittering concert halls of New York, it is also the story of Cèsar Franck’s magnificent “Sonata for Violin and Piano.”

Website content, as well as supplemental materials for readers are listed below. Additional resources are also provided for those wishing to learn more about the history, the music, and the people chronicled in The Nightingale’s Sonata.



An online collection of photos from family archives
Photographs 1880–1930
Photographs 1931–present


Audio Recordings

Recordings of the sonata at the center of the narrative, as well as related audio

  • The César Franck Violin Sonata

  • The Beethoven Violin Sonata no. 9 (“Kreutzer”)

  • Pierre Luboshutz & Genia Nemenoff

    Variations on a Theme by Haydn by Johannes Brahms, op 56b

    “Largo al factotum,” the famous aria from Rossini’s opera “The Barber of Seville”

    “The Bat,” A Fantasy from Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” by Pierre Luboshutz

  • Boris Goldovsky Opera Lectures

    “Mr. Opera: Recollections of Metropolitan Opera/Texaco Intermission Broadcasts with Boris Goldovsky”

    More Met Broadcast lectures by Boris Goldovsky

  • Wolf Tracks : Music of My Family


Film & Video

Related film and video resources

  • The Beethoven Violin Sonata no. 9 (“Kreutzer”)

  • Irene Wolf at 90

  • Andrew Wolf: Variations

  • Stern-Wolf White House Concert | Franck Sonata

  • Boris Goldovsky Memorial & Centennial Events

    I | Boris Goldovsky Tanglewood Memorial

    II | Boris Goldovsky Centennial Event

  • Musical Gifts

  • Joey: A Profile of Joseph Silverstein

  • Mrs. Sokoloff


Further Reading

Recommended readings about the people, history, and music chronicled in the book