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Distant Melodies: Music in Search of Home

Edward Dusinberre

An absorbing journey of exploration into the related ideas of home, displacement and retreat in the lives and music of four great composers – Bartók, Britten, Dvorák and Elgar – by one of the world’s leading string quartet players

Format
Ebook
ISBN
9780571366569
Date Published
01.11.2022
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Summary

A combination of memoir and music history, Distant Melodies takes the reader on a journey of exploration into the related ideas of home, displacement and retreat in the lives and music of four composers whose works Edward Dusinberre has rehearsed and performed as first violinist of the Takács Quartet: Antonín Dvorák, Edward Elgar, Béla Bartók and Benjamin Britten.

Distant Melodies explores the experience of living with a piece of music over time and the ways in which engaging more closely with these composers has changed the author’s own perception of home. As he learned more about Dvórâk, Bartók and Britten’s American experiences, Elgar’s remarkable Piano Quintet and the English landscapes that inspired it provided another way to explore the ways in which a piece of music may affirm or alter one’s sense of home.

While Dusinberre’s earlier book, Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet,delved into the inner workings of a string quartet, Distant Melodies charts the progress of the Takács during a period of change as the world begins to emerge from the distancing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As first violinist of the 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. Outside of the quartet he has made a recording of Beethoven’s violin sonatas nos. 9 (Kreutzer) and 10 on the Decca label. Dusinberre is also an author. His second book…

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