ANDREW L. PINCUS is the classical music critic for the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and has been a contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Opera News, Musical America, and numerous other publications. He has twice won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music criticism. He is the author of Tanglewood: The Clash between Tradition and Change, also published by Northeastern University Press. He lives in Lenox, Massachusetts.
"Classical music critic Pincus has written a captivating study of the lives and careers of six influential musicians or musical groups . . . Biographical accounts are interwoven with interviews and narrative accounts of teaching, master classes, and humanitarian work. This book should be appreciated by scholars and amateurs alike."--Library Journal
"Pincus has an eye for intimate detail, and though his profiles are focused on the subjects' careers, he manages to convey much about each musician's temperament and about the cloistered, gossipy classical music world with which he is affectionately obsessed. The portraits will please readers interested in classical music and are refreshingly optimistic in tone. Pincus's passion for the subject is contagious."--Publishers Weekly