Author Archives: Paul Hersh

About Paul Hersh

Equally active in piano and viola, Paul Hersh studied viola with William Primrose and piano with Leonard Shure and Edward Steuermann. From 1961 to 1971, he was violist and pianist of the Lenox Quartet. He made his piano debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1964. Mr. Hersh, who attended Yale University, also teaches poetry and literature at the San Francisco Conservatory. He is a former faculty member of Grinnell College and SUNY at Binghamton, and has been artist-in-residence and visiting faculty at the University of California at Davis, Temple University, Oregon State University, University of Western Washington, Berkshire Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Spoleto (Italy) Festival of Two Worlds. He has recorded on the RCA, CRI, Desto, Orion, Dover and Arch Street labels.

Hoax or Howler? Musical Analysis in Huxley’s Point Counter Point Examined

Chapter 37 of Aldous Huxley’s 1928 novel contains an often quoted description of the slow movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet in a minor, op.132. Like Thomas Mann’s lyrical passage on the final movement and final measures of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, … Continue reading

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Vienna to Auschwitz, A Biography of Alma Rosé

Alma Rosé was born in 1906, the daughter of Gustav Mahler’s sister, Justine, and Arnold Rosé, the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic from the 1880s until 1938. The Rosé household was a veritable Who’s Who of musical personalities from Brahms to Schoënberg, Mahler, Strauss, Bruno Walter, Berg, and Webern. Continue reading

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