Young adult novel about a quartet?
This is a long shot. For DECADES I have been searching off an on for a novel I read in the 1970s about a string quartet. My memory is very much that it was what is today called a young adult novel (intended for older kids). At this point, I'm almost convinced that I dreamed the thing, as one would think that Google or Amazon would turn it up if it ever existed. But just checking here in case it rings any bells. It was probably published in the 1960s or 1970s--no later. Thanks!
I think I read Leo Tolstoy's "The Kreutzer Sonata" before I was 21. But that's not a string quartet, and I think it was published before the 1960s.
Nope--neither of those. Every few years I get this bee in my bonnet and search for it, but so far, nothing.
If you are interested in string quartets, I highly recommend Vikram Seth's novel "An Equal Music." It is certainly one of the best novels about music, and Seth is one of the best authors around. A young adult novel about this topic might be interesting, especially in light of Arnold Steinhardt's (of the Guarneri Quartet) comment in one of his books that a playing in a string quartet is like being in a marriage without the sex.
Seth's book is on my list. Oddly, there is no Kindle version, which is holding me back. ;-)
Don’t hurry— it is pretty uneven and the musical bits appeared to be bolted on to shore up the better parts.
Seth's book is okay, it's just a little too long. And about Tolstoi's Kreutzer Sonata: the last thing you want to call that is Young Adult.
I wonder if this book (which I found on a viola list, scandale!) is a reprint of your mystery book?
Ah, sorry, it's listed as first published in 2002, so no. But it might give you a lead into the sadly inscrutable world of twentieth century YA.
Could it be, though, the late great Ursula K. LeGuin's slim 1978 book _Very Far Away From Anywhere Else_ ? Her IRL daughter is a cellist/musicologist/activist; book is about high school awkward friendship between a math nerd and a composer.
I don't know about the OPs request, but I recall a funny novel called "The Well Tempered String Quartet". Has anyone read it?
It's not the LeGuin, which I LOVE. While we are on the topic, a wonderful series about young musicians is KM Peyton's "Pennington's Last Term," "The Beethoven Medal," and "Pennington's Heir." Patrick Pennington is a pianist, but there's a violinist in the books as well, if that's a requirement. I love Peyton's writing style (she is British, and has a way with describing adolescence that is just so perfect). She is not only musically inclined (and hence, does a really great job of that aspect of these books) but is also a horsewoman (many of her other books are about horses), so she pretty much ticks all my boxes. :-)
DB Cooper--what is that one about? Looked for it on Amazon and it's there, but with no description or reviews!
M Blockley--I guess that's LeGuin's older daughter? I knew her younger one in grad school and she is an English professor. :-)
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