Cadenza For The Schneidermann Violin Concerto

Cadenza For The Schneidermann Violin Concerto

by Joshua Cohen
     
 


Fiction. This brilliant first novel is a portrait of an artist at the end of an art form. The elderly Jewish-Hungarian composer Schneidermann, who survived a musical education, survived the war, survived Europe, survived the neglect of all his music, finally and suddenly vanishes during a movie matinee on the Upper West Side of New York. The novel begins with…  See more details below

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Fiction. This brilliant first novel is a portrait of an artist at the end of an art form. The elderly Jewish-Hungarian composer Schneidermann, who survived a musical education, survived the war, survived Europe, survived the neglect of all his music, finally and suddenly vanishes during a movie matinee on the Upper West Side of New York. The novel begins with Schneidermann's friend--his last friend, his only friend--the violin virtuoso Laster, onstage at Carnegie Hall. He has finished playing the first movement of Schneidermann's last composition, his Violin Concerto. At this point he is supposed tobegin his cadenza...his solo. Instead, he drops his instrument and lifts his voice, delivering the text of this novel unto the audience, held captive through night into morning only by the spiel.

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So he, Cohen, writing with amazing energy but less like the twentysomething he is than a crotchety octogenarian on a month-long meth binge, has him, Laster, the virtuoso violinist, protege, financial supporter, and "performing monkey" for him, Schneidermann, the brilliant but obscure composer, supposed to perform the cadenza, launch instead into a 300-page verbal improvisational fusillade without so much as a single inhalation or rest beat (15 hours! So maybe I should read his short story collection, The Quorum, instead!), not so much a story as "talking, eulogizing, ranting, sermonizing" about his, Laster's, but more so his, Schneidermann's, life but more so a cultural/political/musical/religious/historical consideration of the entire 20th century and the end of classical culture from a Hungarian/German/Jewish/New York perspective. He, Cohen, will drive most readers away screaming "Oy! Too much is enough!" but they, the readers who stick around, will be delighted, if exhausted, which is why you, most public and academic librarians, should buy this, Cohen's, book, which might just become a cult classic.-Jim Dwyer, California State Univ. Lib., Chico Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781879193161
Publisher:
Fugue State Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author


Joshua Cohen is the author of the books A HEAVEN OF OTHERS (with Michael Hafftka), THE QUORUM, CADENZA FOR THE SCHNEIDERMANN VIOLIN CONCERTO, ALEPH-BET: AN ALPHABET FOR THE PERPLEXED (also with Michael Hafftka), Witz, and Bridge & Tunnel (& Tunnel & Bridge). He was born in Southern New Jersey in 1980. Currently, he writes for The Forward and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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