Ann, I am deeply distressed by his passing. He was a great musician and a great human being. He will be greatly missed by all who knew or heard him. John Dozier
The music world will truly miss this extraordinary musician.
I remember Isidor well and warmly from his time in Buffalo. I was touched to read the obituary and learn about his long dedication to spreading the joy of music.
I have only been privilieged to know Isidor and the Saslav family for about 3 years, but have been overwhelmed by the staggering amount of talent and intelligence they all possess...and Isidor in particular. All of Overton, TX will miss this spectacular gentleman.
My thanks to everyone who has written such lovely tributes and thoughts about my Dad; he was truly one-of-a-kind! Please keep in touch with us as we continue down Memory Lane thinking about my Dad and his musical contributions and literary legacy via so much of his work writing about GBS, Haydn, and so many of his other varied interests. I so agree with what my brother David posted below - this was a life well lived, and lived to the fullest. We will miss you, Dad - you'll still be with us each day as we experience great music, art, beauty, dance, poetry, and literature with hearts as big and as open as yours. All my love, Lea :)
My Dear Ann:
Linda and I just returned to Sarasota and heard this incredibly sad news of Isidor's passing. It is difficult for me to adequately express my love for this man and my profound appreciation for the role he played in my musical life. His mentoring in our student years in Chautauqua with regard to all matters musical has, to this day, immeasurably augmented my understanding of the art. My love for him is deeply internal. Linda's and my hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow - please accept our most heartfelt sympathies.
Ann, Lea, David, and Melissa,
May your broken hearts find peace and comfort from the outpouring of love and the tremendous, everlasting legacy of Isidor that touched so many lives, including ours. Our thoughts are with you and we share your grief in this difficult time. Isidor's words will perdure on Swans as part of the celebration of his remarkable life.
You know, Michel, those are the exact words that went through my mind as I wandered through his various collections over the past week, in East Texas. "Well done, Dad. Well done."
Musician and musicologist, teacher and collector, husband and father: Isidor lived passionately and will be remembered as a generous, kind and humorous man, and as a dedicated researcher in the field of Bernard Shaw studies. Well done, Isidor, well done.
My warmest thoughts to Saslav family. I knew Isador as G.B.Shaw friend, first through my husband Fred, and then on my own. He was always kind, helpful, and oh so knowledgeable about music, Shaw, and so many other topics. It was a pleasure to be in his company.
from Ann Heiligman Saslav,
TO EACH OF ISIDOR'S FRIENDS, STUDENTS, AND RELATIVES WHO HAVE WRITTEN TO ME AND TO OUR FAMILY ON THE GUEST BOOK......
Thank you so much for sharing your greetings and memories with us. I have read each one with pleasure and only wish that he had even more time to explore his amazing adventures into music and his interests into the writings of G.B.Shaw. His life was an adventure and filled with joy and humor and how he enjoyed his friends and family! Sincerely, Ann Saslav
It was a privilege to play music with Isador in Beaumont, TX
My heartfelt sympathy to my dear friend Ann and her family. This came as such a shock! My thoughts are with you all, at this very sad time.
With deepest sympathy ... the world of music will miss this extraordinary man.
With deepest sympathy ... for your great loss. The world of music will truly miss this extraordinary man.
So sorry to learn of your loss,Ann and family. May God comfort you in this time of crisis. Bettye Gauthreaux
Ann, Lea, David and Melissa - our thoughts are with you during this time. We will miss our cousin Isidor so much but have so many wonderful memories with him. He was truly a gifted and an amazing man!
A very kind man and a wonderful teacher. He will be missed.
So sorry for your loss! He was a wonderful man! Such talent! He will be playing with the angels!
I can remember speaking with Isador when I attended concerts as I child. I am greatly for the oppourtunity to have have listened , watched and learned from his wisdom and insight. May gods peace be with you.
You know what sweet memories I will always have of your beloved Isidor and of the two of you together in our home making sweet music and sharing love. These things never die. - Saul
Ann,David,Melisa,Lea, We have so many memories of Isador. He touched all my Family. Max had a conection to Ziggy as he called him. So glad we all were togther for the reunion. Love to you all, Betty
My son Corey had the honor of receiving violin advice from Isidor over the years, which we will always treasure. He will be missed by both of us.
I enjoyed meeting Isidor and hearing of his colorful musical experiences, anecdotes and opinions...to his life and legacy!
Mrs. Ann, We were so looking forward to becoming your neighbors...we were saddened to hear of your loss. May the joy of music give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
John and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Isidor. It is never easy to give up a loved one, but we know you have many precious memories together that you will cherish forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Your neighbors across the street in Overton.
My deepest sympathy at this difficult time. The world has lost a wonderful person.
Isadore was misunderstood in Baltimore. He was a sweet and sincere man.
Deepest sympathy to the Saslav family especially Ann as I go to know her thru my work along time ago at the Chamber of Commerce and her dad was my mother's doctor for many years and delivered me back in 1959. I met Isidor too and he was such a nice gentleman!! May you find comfort in the days ahead.
My deepest sympathy to all the family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time
I shall cherish many memories of Isidor at Cass Tech High School in the mid-fifties, admiring his superb musical talent as concertmaster and intellectual. He always maintained poise and warmth in all he did. We, as fellow musicians placed him on a higher plane. He truly represented quality in all he did. He will truly be missed.
My thoughts are with the Saslav family...Isidor was such a nice gentleman...
Isidor gave so much to the community and the world. An international musician renowned for his knowledge in so many areas, he will be missed. Musician, scholar, husband, father, friend.
I will miss the way he always filled up the room with his smile and caring spirit.
Sorry to learn of your father's passing, my condolences to you and the family . I am glad I was able to meet your parents in NYC some time ago when they visited.. .. May His peace be with you and your family at this difficult time. He will be missed , may the memory of his violin music comfort you always.
Believing that he is having a wonderful time leading the most talented orchestra in heaven.
Great artist, greater friend and colleague.
Ann, David & Lea: Sending my love to you all in the loss of Isidor. I have many fond memories of him and what a great man he was! Love and prayers!
Isidor Saslav was a wonderful presence. He brought a level of sophistication, education, and artistry which enriched East Texas. He left the world a better place, for having been here.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.