[Marxism] Fwd: Playing to the end, a musical dynasty takes its final bow – Slipped Disc

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 15 12:46:15 MST 2014


http://slippedisc.com/2014/12/playing-to-the-end-a-musical-dynasty-takes-its-final-bow/

PLAYING TO THE END, A MUSICAL DYNASTY TAKES ITS FINAL BOW
December 15, 2014 by Norman ebrecht

We have been informed of the death of Beryl Rubens, an accomplished 
violinist and viola player and member of a musical family. Before 
migrating to the US, she played in the orchestra of Welsh National Opera.

Beryl’s brother Harold Rubens was a piano prodigy and close friend of 
Nelson Mandela.

Brother Cyril was a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra. Sister 
Bernice was a novelist who won the Booker prize for The Elected Member 
and wrote a profoundly true story of music teaching, Madame Sousatzka, 
based on Harold’s boyhood instructor.

Beryl spent much of her life on an agricultural commune in the American 
heartlands. She talks about it here 
(http://louisproyect.org/2013/01/01/jewish-leftist-chicken-farmers-of-the-catskills/).

Beryl’s family tell us she was playing string quartets to the last day 
of her life.




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