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Jacqueline du Pré: Ein Genie in der Familie Hilary du Pré

Jacqueline du Pré: Ein Genie in der Familie

Hilary du Pré

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Jacqueline du Pré saw the outlines of her short, brilliant, and tragic life when she was still very young. The first time she heard a cello (she was 4 years old), she said, Mummy, I want to make that sound. She got a cello for her 5th birthday andMoreJacqueline du Pré saw the outlines of her short, brilliant, and tragic life when she was still very young. The first time she heard a cello (she was 4 years old), she said, Mummy, I want to make that sound. She got a cello for her 5th birthday and made her professional debut at age 16. She went on to become one of the centurys most amazing musicians for 10 years. Then her career was ended by multiple sclerosis. She seems to have foreseen that crippling illness, which killed her at age 42 after years of slow deterioration. She was 9 years old when she confided in her sister, Hilary (who coauthored this biography with their brother, Piers), Dont tell Mum, but... when I grow up, I wont be able to walk or move. Before she was stricken down, Jacqueline du Pré led a life of unusual richness and complexity. Here that life is examined by her siblings in loving but realistic terms, including the flaws and conflicts as well as the achievements. The biography formed the basis for the 1998 film starring Emily Watson. It is a sad chronicle of the pitiless disease that twisted Jackies personality and sanity as well as her body, but also a joyful book about music, the tenderness and rivalries of family life, and above all a singular, tormented, but buoyant personality. --Joe McLellan