'An important reappraisal of the last century's greatest violinist by the doyen of musical biographers.'
'It was an extraordinary life . . . Burton chronicles it with the same broad sweep he brought to his book on Leonard Bernstein. He is especially good on the prodigy years . . . Mr Burton's book, clear-eyed and unsentimental, is nevertheless a labour of love.'
Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph
Yehudi Menuhin spent his life defying categorisation.
As skilled a player of jazz and Indian music as he was of a huge range of classical styles, a controversial political activist and friend of presidents and prime ministers, yoga devotee, cultural ambassador to the UN and founder of the best music school in Europe, Menuhin was an individualist, not only musically but throughout all other aspects of his life.
Here, Burton creates a multi-faceted portrait of a great musician drawing on family correspondence, as well as verbatim excerpts from interviews.
About the Author
Humphrey Burton is a distinguished television director and commentator who has won many international awards, including three from the British Academy and four Emmies. Twice in charge of Music and Arts for BBC Television, he is still active in television and radio. He is the author of the best-selling Leonard Bernstein.
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Comments about Menuhin:
As a review of the subject's background and life, it clarifies many misunderstandings, and gives a picture of the artist's quality of music interpretation, through his own personality and character.
Number Of Pages: 561
Published: 1st July 2001
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.4 x 4.572
Weight (kg): 0.648
Edition Number: 1