The World of Music According to Starker, by Janos Starker
- Indiana University Press
- Paperback, 352 pgs
Janos Starker is universally acknowledged as one of the world's great musicians. Known for a flawless technique paired with expressive playing and interpretation, the Hungarian-born cellist was arguably also the premier teacher of his instrument in our time. String players flocked to his masterclasses from all over the world, and cellists compete vigorously to study under him at the Indiana University School of Music. More than the consummate musician, however, Starker was also a raconteur and writer, occasionally quirky and droll, always witty and with a pointed opinion to share.
The World of Music According to Starker is a colorful autobiography spanning the author's fascinating life. From his early musical education during World War II in Hungary, to his world tours, educational philosophy, and recording and pedagogical legacy, Starker takes the reader on a riveting, entertaining, and informative journey. Included in the book are several of Starker's short stories and commentaries on world events, academia, and--of course--music that have appeared in newspapers, music periodicals, and trade magazines.
Also includes a bonus CD recording of Starker's last public recital, which is unavailable commercially and includes his only recording of the Strauss Sonata in F, Opus 6.
Included on the CD:
- Richard Strauss, Sonata in F, Opus 6
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata in C major, Opus 102 no. 1
- Johannes Brahms, Sonata in E minor, Opus 38
- Franz Schubert, Sonatina in D, Opus 137 no. 1 (Starker edition)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janos Starker (1924-2013) was Distinguished Professor of Cello in the School of Music at Indiana University. He held five honorary doctorates, and was a former principal cellist with the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He made more than 100 commercial recordings and gave world premiere performances of countless recital works by important composers. Among his many awards and honors is the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Recording by a Soloist without Accompaniment for his recording of Bach's Six Suites for Solo Cello.
''The writing is relaxed; the cast of characters is awesome. Starker makes a fascinating centerpiece.'' - The Herald Times
''[Starker] looks back on his remarkable life in this detailed and eminently readable memoir. . . highly recommended.'' - Library Journal