Musician and Dreamer

DAVID BLUM

Musician and Dreamer

Books                                         
Books by David Blum



 

Paul Tortelier: A Self-Portrait, in Conversation with David Blum

With his friend and colleague David Blum, Tortelier has given us a unique and intimate self-portrait which will delight readers as his music thrills audiences. (from the book jacket.)

Buchet/Chastel, France, 1984

Reprinted by

William Heinemann, U.K.
Buchet/Chastel, France
Ongaku No Tomo, Japan
       
 
               
“I look forward with great interest and anticipation to reading Paul Tortelier’s book.  My admiration for him could not be greater.  What a joy it is to make music with this master!"                 
              -Arthur Rubinstein

 

 

 

From the obituary in The Times of London, 1998 


  Photo by Ardan Michael Blum, Geneva, Switzerland,  December 1986

 

 

 

 

The Art of Quartet Playing:
the Guarneri Quartet in Conversation with David Blum

 Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1986

 Reprinted by              

Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto, 1986
Cornell Paperbacks, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1987
Barenreiter Verlag, Kassel, Germany, 1988
Actes Sud, France, 1991              
Idea Books, S.A., Barcelona, Spain, 2000
 

“This is arguably the best book on the subject…”
       -Publisher’s Weekly

 

Each of the stories of these five remarkable musicians traces a journey in which musical and personal development are inseparable.  A struggle is waged that eventually leads, often in unforeseen ways, to greater human and artistic fulfillment.  In every case, success is measured in terms that are internal as well as external.     -David Blum

Photo credits, clockwise from top left:
Jeffrey Tate and David Blum: Photo by Sarah Blum,  London, England, November 1992
Richard Goode and David Blum: Photo by Sarah Blum, San Francisco, June,1992
Josef Gingold: Photo by David Blum, Bloomington, Indiana, June, 1993
Birgit Nilsson and David Blum, Photo by Sarah Blum, West Karup, Sweden, June 1995
Yo Yo MA: reprinted from The Strad, January, 1988

 

 Quintet

Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1999

“These five profiles give the clearest evidence of the central value of David Blum’s writings about music during his all-too-short lifetime. The extraordinary sensitivity that he makes so clear in his conversations with Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Tate, Josef Gingold, Richard Goode, and Birgit Nilsson gives evidence of a passion and a respect for beauty in music and the acknowledgment of the enormous discipline necessary to make a successful career, a career that is not only a few concerts in a period of time, but the dedication of a lifetime to a chosen commitment.  I think music lovers and educators everywhere will be fascinated and truly informed by this book, as will anyone who wants to know how the quality of life in our time can be enriched.”    Isaac Stern





Music: Haydn's Symphony No. 75,  
conducted by David Blum with the Esterhazy Orchestra.
Time: 3:23
73 IV. Vivace
Blum/Esterhazy Orch. (Haydn: Symphonies 39, 70, 73 & 75 (Blum))
-3:23