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This is an auction for A GENIUS IN THE FAMILY: AN INTIMATE MEMOIR OF JACQUELINE DU PRE, by Hilary du Pre & Piers du Pre. review:

"The brother and sister of the great cellist Jacqueline du Pre tell her life story. Du Pre, who died tragically young, was a cellist at the highest level. Her marriage to the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, and their musical friendship with Zubin Mehta, Pinhas Zukerman and others, put her in the centre of the music world's attention.This book tells the story of her life. The legend tells of her beauty and her genius and her tragic death. And the brother and sister seem fair in describing their own complicated relationship with her in which they often played a fostering and supportive role. Perhaps the real inner life of Du Pre is not to be sought in the kind of biographical work written here, or for that matter in any literary work, but in the playing in her recordings where she was most alive. In one passage of the book she does speak about the way playing takes her into another realm of joy. By all accounts she was a tremendously passionate and powerful cellist and it seems universally agreed by musical cognescenti that she at her best was at the very highest level. Barenboim, the bon vivant, tireless promoter and player may have been a bit too fast for the English country girl who, according to her sister, needed nine hours of sleep and not the four or five Barenboim did. In any case this part of the book is devastatingly sad, as of course is the end."

Paperback 1998.

426 pages + photographs.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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