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Beethoven for a Later Age

Edward Dusinberre

The essential read for fans of Beethoven and string quartet music.

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‘They are not for you but for a later age!’ Ludwig van Beethoven, on the Opus 59 quartets.

Tackling the Beethoven quartets is a rite of passage that has shaped the Takács Quartet’s work together for over forty years. Using the history of the composition and first performances of the quartets as the backbone to his story, Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács since 1993 – recounts the life of the Quartet from its inception in Hungary, through emigration to the US and its present-day life as one of the world’s renowned string quartets. He also describes what it was like for him, as a young man fresh out of the Juilliard School, to join the Quartet as its first non-Hungarian member – an exhilarating challenge.

Beethoven for a Later Age takes the reader inside the life of a quartet, vividly showing how four people enjoy making music together over a long period of time. The key, the author argues, is in balancing continuity with change and experimentation – a theme that also lies at the heart of Beethoven’s remarkable compositions.


As first violinist of the world-renowned Takács Quartet, Edward Dusinberre has won a Grammy and awards from Gramophone Magazine, the Japanese Recording Academy, Chamber Music America and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Combining an international career with his longstanding appointment as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Dusinberre performs as a member of the Takács in the USA, United…

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