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An Equal Music

Seth, Vikram, 1952- (Book - 1999)
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Years after separating, gifted musician Michael Holme is reunited with his former lover, talented pianist Julia McNicholl, during a musical tour of Vienna, unaware that she is hiding her increasing deafness, and together they must confront their feelings for each other and the music that brought them together

Blackwell North Amer
When an English quartet, the Maggiore, undertakes a challenging work of Beethoven's, violinist Michael Holme is overwhelmed by memories of mastering the piece as a student in Vienna. That's where he also met Julia McNicholl, a pianist whose beauty was as mesmerizing as her musical genius, and whom Michael loved with an intensity he never found again. Years later, Michael is living a life devoted to music, until one day he is riding a London bus, and there, on another bus, separated only by glass, sits Julia McNicholl.
Though the mutual passion flares anew, the love they shared in their younger days is now complicated by the secrets and silences that have been generated by the passing of years. Unable to resist the power of their shared history, however, Julia agrees to tour Vienna and Venice with Michael and the Maggiore Quartet. Against the magical backdrop of concert halls and canals, Michael and Julia must confront the truth about their love for one another, their love for the music that brought them together, and the true consequences for their tangled hearts.

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Years after separating, gifted musician Michael Holme is reunited with his former lover, talented pianist Julia McNicholl, during a musical tour of Vienna, unaware that she is hiding her increasing deafness, and together they must confront their feelings for each other and the music that brought them together. 100,000 first printing. Tour.

Authors: Seth, Vikram, 1952-
Statement of Responsibility: Vikram Seth
Title: An equal music
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 380 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject Headings: Pianists Fiction Violinists Fiction Chamber music groups Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Topical Term: Pianists
Violinists
Chamber music groups
LCCN: 99020421
ISBN: 0767902912
Research Call Number: JFE 99-11430
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Jul 27, 2010
  • jmikesmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very well-written and heartfelt novel. I can't deny the artistry and the peaceful, deliberate tone and pace. I have to say, though, that I didn't really like the protagonist and narrator. He's overly sensitive to his own feelings and not sensitive enough to those of the people close to him. Perhaps that's part of being a musician. The segments dealing with the string quartet of which the narrator is a part were more engaging for me than the other part of the plot, which focused on the hero's re-kindled love affair with a long-lost girlfriend.

Oct 22, 2009
  • bestedgefan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not appropriate for "light" reading. A sound knowledge of music and it's history would be helpful in order to enjoy it more.

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