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The nightingale's sonata : the musical odyssey of Lea Luboshutz / Thomas Wolf.

Wolf, Thomas, 1945- (author.).
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Shelby Co PL - Shelbyville Main Library 921 LUBOSHUTZ (Text) 78731000512394 New NF Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1643130676
  • ISBN: 9781643130675
  • Physical Description: xx, 375 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, genealogical table, music ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"For those interested in readings, recordings, and films related to the subject matter and characters in the book, please check the web site: www.nightingalessonata.com."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 344-50) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prelude (1853 to 1885) -- The music begins. Allegretto ben moderato (1885 to 1903) -- The tempest. Allegro (1903 to 1921) -- The longest journey. Recitativo-fantasia : ben moderato (1921 to 1930) -- Tragedies and triumphs. Allegretto poco mosso (1930 to 1965) -- The end of the sonata (1965 to 2018) -- Endnotes.
Summary, etc.:
A moving and uplifting history set to music that reveals the rich life of one of the first internationally renowned female violinists. Spanning generations, from the shores of the Black Sea to the glittering concert halls of New York, The Nightingale's Sonata is a richly woven tapestry centered around violin virtuoso Lea Luboshutz. Like many poor Jews, music offered an escape from the prejudices that dominated society in the last years of the Russian Empire. But Lea's dramatic rise as an artist was further accentuated by her scandalous relationship with the revolutionary Onissim Goldovsky. As the world around them descends in to chaos, between revolution and war, we follow Lea and her family from Russia to Europe and eventually, America. We cross paths with Pablo Casals, Isadora Duncan, Emile Zola and even Leo Tolstoy. The little girl from Odessa will eventually end up as one of the founding faculty of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, but along the way she will lose her true love, her father, and watch a son die young. The Iron Curtain would rise, but through it all, she plays on. Woven throughout this luminous odyssey is the story is César Franck's "Sonata for Violin and Piano," a work championed by Lea, one of the first-ever internationally recognized female violinists. It became a touchstone for her, for her multi-generational family of musicians, and for scores of her students who played this masterwork throughout the world.
Subject: Jews, Russian > United States.
Jewish musicians.
Violinists > Pennsylvania > Biography.
Violinists > Russia > Biography.

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