[Guest blogger Eric Wagner's online reading group for Joseph Kerman's The Beethoven Quartets begins next week. Here is his preview blog post. Eric is the author of An Insider's Guide to Robert Anton Wilson. He is a schoolteacher (teaching high school English and Latin) who lives in Corona, Calif. Eric also is a James Joyce scholar hard at work on his next book, Straight Outta Dublin. — The Management]
By Eric Wagner
In the winter of 1990-1991 I found myself looking at classical music in a new way after I began taking ballet classes. I decided to reread The Composer's Advocate, and I also decided to follow up on the nice things Leinsdorf had to say about Joseph Kerman's The Beethoven Quartets. The wonderful ASU library also had a copy of the Kerman book, and the book floored me. At the time I only had cd's of the late quartets, but through the nineties I read the book over and over again and bought cd's of the other quartets as well as the scores of the quartets. I read all of Kerman's other books and loved them, but The Beethoven Quartets has a special place in my heart.
I look forward to reading the book again starting next week and discussing it here at Tom's wonderful blog. Please join in. The book has some technical musical points, but I suspect you will enjoy the book even if you can't read music.