How do four instrumentalists with strong individual tastes and temperaments manage to forge a distinctive approach to the music they play? This extraordinary book ushers readers into the workshop of one of the world's most accomplished string quartets. In rich and probing conversations with their longtime friend and musicologist and conductor David Blum, the members of the Guarneri String Quartet, both individually as a group, tell what it is like to play together.
DAVID BLUM is known both as a conductor and as an author on musical subjects. Born in 1935, he received his musical training in his native Los Angeles and in Europe. In 1961 he founded and conducted New Yorks Esterhazy Orchestra. His recordings of Haydn symphonies with that ensemble and of Mozart works with the English Chamber Orchestra have received international acclaim. David Blum now lives in Switzerland, directs the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois, and guest conducts in Europe. His books, which have been translated into many languages, include Casals and the Art of Interpretation.