George Steiner in England - late 20th Century

from Unfinished Journey, pages xv:

Menuhin’s radiance is tangible to anyone near him, but also to those who crowd the furthest row of a concert hall. The fineness of his features, the economy and elegance of gesture which surround his performance are important, of course. But the force lies much deeper. Menuhin has made the music he produces a total expression and embodiment of being. To hear him play the Bartók Solo Sonata (which he commissioned) or the Elgar Concerto, even at a distance or on a worn record, is to be asked, in a peculiarly intimate, directly focused way, into his complete presence. It is a presence that …   more >>
cite as

Yehudi Menuhin, Unfinished Journey (London, April, 1977), p. xv. accessed: 23 April, 2024

location of experience: England


George Steiner
Essayist, Literary Critic, Novelist

Listening to

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Bartok Sonata for Solo Violin
written by Béla Bartók
performed by Yehudi Menuhin
Elgar's violin concerto
written by Edward Elgar
performed by Yehudi Menuhin

Experience Information

Date/Time late 20th Century
Medium broadcast, live, playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, outdoors, in public, solitary


from the foreword to Yehudi Menuhin's autobiography 'Unfinished Journey'; written by George Steiner, 'Not a Preface, But a Word of Thanks'

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:08:31 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:42:47 +0000