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Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music

Academic journal article Notes

Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music

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Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music. DVD. Directed by Allan Miller. [New York]: First Run Features, 2013. FRF915786D. $24.95.

Ninety-three years of wisdom and passion for the unique wonders of performing and teaching chamber music are elegantly interwoven into this made for television documentary on the life and work of Robert Mann, a legendary figure in the world of professionally performed chamber music. Robert Mann was born in 1920 and vignettes of his young life that he relates through the course of this enlightening documentary are aptly illustrated by family photographs of him as he grew up.

Robert Mann was the founding first violinist of the renowned Julliard String Quartet and worked with the group for 52 consecutive years, from 1946 to 1997. The documentary makes it blatantly clear that chamber music is much more than just a job to this man, it was and remains his undying passion. Though the skillful filming of Robert Mann going about his daily activities in his ninety third year of life, combined with rare footage from Julliard String Quartet performances of the past and image stills from Mann's past that help tell the story of his early years, Oscar-winning director Allan Miller provides a deeply personal, beautifully intimate view of this Titan of the chamber music world.

Miller takes us into Mann's life by interviewing people Mann has taught over the years and each one of these students grew to become some of classical music's greatest performers. …

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