A Book “Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony” by Arnold Steinhardt 5/28/10

May 28, 2010

Dear Mr. Steinhardt,

I just finished your book, and I am still in the state of something—. Your book gave me tear, giggle, smile—-. You wrote a wonderful book. As the book is finishing for the last few pages you talk about Schubert “Death and the Maiden” quartet.  So I pulled the music out of the bookshelf, and played the score as I read. FYI: I play piano. As I heard the harmony, moving voices, melody lines which you describe, it seemed the spirit of Schubert came down to my Southern California house, and the tear came down too. I have been hearing the music of many string quartet in my life, but it is the first time to really think about the greatness of this special art, and I am slightly jealous–. I can’t be in SQ. I can play with the string quartet!

The beauty of your friendship and musicianship in Guarneri String Quartet is the center of this book, and it drew me to your book. So I lost keeping my time to practice for my own pieces!  I think it is time to get back to what I have to do. Again thank you for writing this wonderful book for us! I listened many of Beethoven’s string quartets while I was reading your book.

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