The Menuhins: A Family Odyssey

The Menuhins: A Family Odyssey

by Lionel Menuhin Rolfe


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The Menuhins is the story of a miraculous family of great musicians and religious leaders. It is told here by the nephew of Yehudi Menuhin, the violinist regarded as the greatest musical prodigy since Mozart. Elements of the story have been told before: how two Russian Jews living in San Francisco, Moshe and Marutha Menuhin, raised a brood of child prodigy musicians that astounded the world. It seemed the stuff of legend. Yehudi, with his violin and his younger pianist sisters, Hephzibah and Yaltah, displayed as children a musical gift rarely equaled by the finest musicians.
But few outside the family have known the true dimensions of the Menuhin story, for the Menuhin children were not the first prodigies in the family's unique history. For centuries, the Menuhin line had been producing geniuses, yet the the elder Menuhins withheld the details of Yehudi's exotic lineage. There was the MaHaRal, a great rabbi and the creator of the legendary Golem; Schneur Zalman, the founder of Chabad Hassidism and the composer of powerful religious songs; and all the great Schneersohns, the hereditary first family of the Lubavitch Hassids.
Although Rolfe, the son of Yaltah Menuhin, often focuses on his famous uncle, he has ventured beyond the Menuhin public image with an intimacy that only a Menuhin could bring to this family portrait.
Long out of print, Boryanabooks is pleased to present this new edition of The Menuhins: A Family Odyssey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441493996
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2014
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 985,184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Lionel Menuhin Rolfe has been a working journalist since age 19 at newspapers including the Los Angeles Free Press, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He was ten-year editor of the B'nai Brith Messenger (the second oldest newspaper in Los Angeles) and an editor for Psychology Today, when the magazine was edited from the beach in a secluded community near San Diego. He is also the author of nine books, including the widely read Literary L.A. For more on the Menuhin family, his title include The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin and Willa Cather.
At 70, he published The Misadventures of Ari Mendelsohn: A Mostly True Memoir of California Journalism. It is an effort to sum up the meaning of half a century of "professional" observation. Whatever answers he has, they are here.
He is also anthologized in Unknown California, Classics and Contemporary Writing on California Culture, Society and Politics (Macmillan, 1985) and On Bohemia: The Code of the Self Exile (Transaction/Rutgers, 1990).
He lives in Los Angeles. His articles are featured on the website and on the Huffington Post.

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