Welcome to our fifth cycle of the Fortnightly Music Book Club, a club which connects the broad and diverse Slipped Disc audience to great literature as well as gives us a chance to engage with leading musicians of our time. The Fortnightly Music Book Club has a rotating, international group of guest hosts and covers a wide range of topics.
So – get on your slippers, pour yourself a mug of hot mulled wine, and pull up to the fire. We are in for a treat – Vikram Seth’s “An Equal Music”. Filled with everything you could want or need for a great winter read – sex, quartet drama, dashed hopes, moments of triumph – Vienna, London, Venice. It’s got it all. If you are cracking the binding for the first time, or searching through your stacks and dusting off your copy for a third go-round, this book will transport you into the world of a touring string quartet – from the practice room to the concert hall, through the lense of the second violinist.
The Scotsman says: “All his books have the power to lift you out of your own life and carry you into a world of delight…It is a novel of wonderful high spirits and vitality, a true enchantment. All those who delighted in A Suitable Boy will find delight here too”
I will be your host for this cycle – but I want to hear from you – how does this book resonate with you – does it ring true, bring back memories of your school days, a concert you attended or performed? Let’s listen to the music in the book – from Beethoven Op 1 #3 Trio (and the rarely heard discovery of the Op 104 arrangement for string quintet) to the Trout – these works are bought to life vividly in Seth’s magical prose. Write to me below with questions, or if you prefer, to Fortnightlymusicbookclub@gmail.com.
See you in a Fortnight – I am eager to start our discussion!