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October 22, 2014
Barton Frank was my cello teacher at Washington State University. I spent time baby sitting his children when he and his wife were away with concert obligations. I was thrilled to be in the orchestra and chamber music classes. Giving my solo recital was a highlight and Barton always gave me that added confidence. He was so knowledgable and dedicated to all of us. Thank you Barton for everything you did for us and for all the beautiful music. It was at your house that I discovered the How They Play books by Applebaum!
-Susan Minor Miller
April 05, 2011
I got to know barton while a viola student at western. I had the priviledge of playing chamber music with him and spent a lot of time with him hearing his colorful stories about his life. I loved his antique collection and his paintings..a very talented man with a vibrant personality. I will never forget him
March 24, 2011
As a teen student of Barton's in the late 70s I did not fully appreciate or avail myself of the wealth at my disposal, for which I am sorry now. Nevertheless, I am a better cellist for those lessons, and Barton's influence is still with me. I often made notes after my lessons and I was just reading those before I learned of Barton's passing. My cello is a part of his former rental fleet, too. I shall have to play Schroeder #57 (Dotzauer Op 120, No 17) in his memory! (And keep up the scales!)
March 20, 2011
Barton Frank became a major influence on my musical life as I began a graduate degree in cello performance under his tutelage in 1965. At times, he was an intimidating teacher and I strove to meet his expectations out of fear of embarrassment. But he always seemed to respect my efforts and for many years stood ready to help me any way he could. I got what I needed from him to insure success in my degree program. He was a stunning soloist who helped me kick-start a budding community orchestra. He and his Strad visited my student orchestras and adjudicated them on numerous occasions, always inspiring my students to reach deeper into the music. On a couple of occasions when I had the opportunity to play alongside him in a professional orchestra, he was a patient and careful guide. And of course, I will never forget his skill as a raconteur, gourmet chef, instrument connoisseur and bon vivant. I shall miss him very much as another chapter in my own life closes.
March 15, 2011
Barton Frank was terrifying to me as a teacher sometimes, when I was a kid. But what he really taught me as a musician was the joy I could feel and give to to others when music is played magnificently.
March 15, 2011
I had the privelage to care for Mr. Frank for the last few weeks of his life. We had the most wonderful conversations while I was feeding him. I am so thankful to have known him even for a short while. Even though he could not see the Arts channel, he sure knew who the composer was. I always looked forward to sharing time with him and was so touched by him. I will miss Barton.
March 15, 2011
barton frank was a great persoality and lived his life. not wasted. i am sure he influenced many people and. he lived a good long life in the music world. i would have preferred him to be around another ten or so years, but i guess the almighty had other plans for him. he will be missed. sincerely, rebecca sollender newman.
March 14, 2011
We were sorry to hear of Barton's passing. We met Barton through our daughter, Amy's, cello lessons. He had a wealth of knowledge well beyond his musical talents. Talking with him always left you a little smarter or walking a little taller. We can still hear him saying "What's not to like?"
March 12, 2011
A legend is gone. My life and career would have been completely different had it not been for Barton Frank. He gave a us a great musical education.
March 12, 2011
Barton's influence made an indelible mark on my life. He was my teacher and mentor since 1963. I will always treasure my experiences with him -- his boat parties, dinner with Ann and Adam, chamber music coaching, playing concerti, his conducting, and of course the lessons, which always strayed past the cello into its historical context and creation. Especially in my memory is our West Coast premiere of Menotti's Suite for two celli and piano with Joseph Levine, written for Piatigorsky's birthday. Barton's pool of knowledge was an ocean profound and complex permeated with sensitivity and humanistic humor. He was unusual, quite special and gave more than I believe he ever knew. He will always be deeply missed.

My condolences to Adrienne, Leora, Eamon and Marcus.

Mannfried Funk
Seattle Cellist/teacher

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