Michael Rabin: America's Virtuoso Violinist

By: Anthony Feinstein. This first, authorized biography of one of the 20th centuryís greatest violinists chronicles the life of Michael Rabin from his young boyhood to his premature death at the age of 35. By his teen years in the 1950s, he had already joined the ranks of violin greats and he was being compared to Heifetz, Milstein, Stern, and Francescatti. Lovingly detailed, rich in music history and drama, this biography documents the many forces that shaped Rabinís extraordinary life and career, from his meteoric rise to his surprising decline. Feinstein charts Rabinís many artistic successes, as well as his struggles to make the transition from wunderkind to adult virtuoso, and sheds light on the true reasons for his fall from grace, debunking the many rumors that surrounded him during that time. Feinstein also clarifies the facts relating to Rabinís sudden death. What emerges is a unique profile of a prodigious talent and a tragic life. 350pp, 30 b/w photos, 6 x 9, hardcover

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