From their beginnings in 1947, the Juilliard String Quartet set out to play new music as if it had been composed long ago, and to play a classical piece as if it had just been written. At first, the fledging combo struggled to compete with the more established European string quartets, while also coping with the inevitable difficulties of trying to blend four singular personalities and talents into a harmonious whole, but by the time Mann retired from the group some fifty-one years later, the Julliard String Quartet had played close to six thousand concerts on every continent except Africa and Antarctica and become an enduring, beloved institution in American music. They won three Grammys for their recordings, while sharing their distinctive sound with such notable figures as Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and even Albert Einstein.
A Passionate Journey is a collection of both spoken and written words in the form of essays, letters, lectures, and transcribed interviews from various times in his life. Together they offer an engrossing glimpse into a life filled with musical milestones and into the fascinating mind of a musical giant.
|Publisher:||East End Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
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“There are few authentic legends in any generation, in any endeavor. In our corner of the music world, Robert Mann is justly one of those legends.”
“If you wanted the Juilliard Quartet to play a Haydn quartet, you heard something . . . that made the music come alive.”
“When I think about the Beethoven quartets, I think about Robert Mann . . . he was able to do it in such a successful way that it was totally contagious to the other players.”