Distant melodies : music in search of home /

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The University of Chicago Press,, Chicago , United States, p.ix, 233 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01030874, (OCoLC)fst01135307, (OCoLC)fst01167477, Biographies., Biography., bisacsh, fast, MUSIC / History & Criticism., Musicians, Musiciens, Quatuor à cordes., String quartet., Travel., Violinists, Violinists., Violonistes, Voyages.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Members of the Takács Quartet -- Part one. Here and elsewhere -- Elgar's hills -- Elgar's retreat : what remains -- Freedom's soil : Dvořák at home and abroad -- Turning the page -- Part two. Bartók's Lontano -- Where Britten belongs? -- A chorus of birds."A combination of memoir and music history, Distant Melodies: Music in Search of Home is a journey of exploration by a member of one of the world's leading string quartets into the related ideas of home, displacement, and retreat in the lives and chamber music of four composers: Antonín Dvořák, Edward Elgar, Béla Bartók and Benjamin Britten. Dvórâk, Bartók, and Britten's American experiences, and Elgar's Piano Quintet and the English landscapes that inspired it, provide the author with a means for exploring the ways in which a piece of music may affirm or alter one's sense of home. The life experiences and notions of development and recapitulation in the music of these composers are the subject of a book that grapples with the universal human predicament of how best to balance past, present, and future, to remember faithfully and yet to move forward. 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. This is a book for a wide and diverse audience: professional and amateur musicians, musicologists, and those who follow the careers of modern performing musicians, but more broadly for anyone for whom music provides solace and companionship. It helps us to understand how a piece of music and its associations can help us navigate our daily lives"--