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~READ KINDLE ⚕ The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson ♀ To a musician, his instrument is a partner, an extension of himselfFrances Brent explores the fate of Lev Aronson and the prizedinstruments that passed through his hands as a way of understandingwhat was lost and preserved during the Holocaust Born in Germany, butraised in Russia and Latvia, Aronson traveled through the music worldof Europe with great expectations and encountered its cultural collapsefirst handIn the Riga Ghetto and in German concentration camps Aronson isforced to reshape his own identity in order to survive He loses hislover but marries a young dancer who helps him rebuild his life as amusician In the camps, he think sings the concertos he knows frommemory, establishing a sense of time and patience that gives him thestrength to survive After the war, he became the principal cellist inthe Dallas symphony, renowned worldwide as a teacher of celloBrent paints a moving portrait of a Jewish musician who transcendedhis own personal losses to transmit the culture of musical Europe to ageneration of Americans Any book that makes me want to learn how to play the cello has got to be a great book A remarkably distinctive history of music and culture shadowed by the Holocaust, this is a uniquely told, gracefully collected biography as well Would that all books capture loss and personal histories in such a elegant fashion. At the risk of insulting the memory of a survivor of the Holocaust, this biography was half baked and sorely incomplete.Born in 1912, Lev Aronson had a successful career as a cellist in Riga, where he lived, and throughout Europe where he concertized Name dropping of his friends and colleagues abound, with no explanation for the person ignorant of these names Josef Schmidt is cited as a friend, and there is a photograph in the book of them together I know who Schmidt was, and his horribly tra At the risk of insulting the memory of a survivor of the Holocaust, this biography was half baked and sorely incomplete.Born in 1912, Lev Aronson had a successful career as a cellist in Riga, where he lived, and throughout Europe where he concertized Name dropping of his friends and colleagues abound, with no explanation for the person ignorant of these names Josef Schmidt is cited as a friend, and there is a photograph in the book of them together I know who Schmidt was, and his horribly tragic story but who, except the most fanatic music lover knows anyAronson and his wife arrive in the United States in the late 1940s and he took up a position with the Dallas Symphony until his death, which was in 1988.But had he no life in America How did he spend the last 40 years of his life Aronson s sad story is definitely worth hearing, but in Brent s telling it is reduced to bland recitation.Aronson deserved better This is the story of Lev Aronson, a Jewish cellist, and the Amati cello confiscated from him in Riga in 1941 Aronson survived the war but the cello has not been found Many musical instruments vanished or were destroyed.Aronson immigrated to the US and became the principal cellist with the Dallas Symphony orchestra I cannot imagine how much courage it took to survive and then to rebuild your life and musical careeer.What a brave man Our lives are richer for his music and his story. A rare miss from Atlas not much of a biography Somewhere between an outline and a loose collection of anecdotes, this book never really comes together No sense of Lev as a person with an interior life, not enough detail, no thesis for what this particular holocaust biography is about Plus, the cellos are in no way satisfyingly used for structure or resolved This was an incomplete draft of maybe two thirds of a book A good start, but not nearly ready to publish. I loved this book At first glance, and through the first 50 75 pages it seems detached and dry Full of facts touched with tidbits of humanity In the latter half of the book the stories really start to come alive.A quote A student who faithfully does everything that his teacher tells him to may become an excellent instrumentalist but will be a poor teacher however one who has struggled to discover what is important is able to tell someone else I was a good student, but I had a lot of time to I loved this book At first glance, and through the first 50 75 pages it seems detached and dry Full of facts touched with tidbits of humanity In the latter half of the book the stories really start to come alive.A quote A student who faithfully does everything that his teacher tells him to may become an excellent instrumentalist but will be a poor teacher however one who has struggled to discover what is important is able to tell someone else I was a good student, but I had a lot of time to start thinking about things when I was int he camps I was imprisoned yet strangely free, because thinking was the one thing that couldn t be taken from me They couldn t tell if I was thinking or not.So very true As a musician, my heart broke when I read this, trying to think of what it would be like to think about the music, but not be able to play it, or listen to it, or know if I would ever be able to immerse myself in the moments we strive for, as musicians.Another passage tells the story of Lev given a time period of one hour to fill a cart with coal from a mine They had no watches, no way of telling time So the incredibly smart man he was, he sung through concertos in his mind Three of them 20 minutes long each Then there was the welder the man who saw that, despite Lev s protests, Lev was not a welder and had simply said so to avoid being taken away never to be seen again And this welder, a civilian, he hungered for musical knowledge So he welded for Lev, and Lev taught him.Moments throughout the book are heart breaking, it is, after all, a story of a Jew during WWII But the abiding love of music, of his instrument and the definition of Lev as a musician is prominent throughout the book and makes it a book worth reading especially if you love music like I do Another heartbreaking story of music and the Holocaust This detailed outline should prove to be a thrilling biographical mystery filled with clues to track down Aronson s Amati cello and emotionally charged stories of his experiences during the Holocaust However, that is not the case because this is the biography and not a detailed outline Everything feels very half finished and leads to a very disappointing end In the brief epilogue Brent describes how she could have looked into tracking down the Amati with several leads in Europe, but decided t This detailed outline should prove to be a thrilling biographical mystery filled with clues to track down Aronson s Amati cello and emotionally charged stories of his experiences during the Holocaust However, that is not the case because this is the biography and not a detailed outline Everything feels very half finished and leads to a very disappointing end In the brief epilogue Brent describes how she could have looked into tracking down the Amati with several leads in Europe, but decided to keep an eye on a website to see if it popped up Early in the book, Brent writes that Aronson s stories tend to jump all over chronologically and frequently the details of which change Whether intentionally or not, Brent echoes this confusing and uninformative device in The Lost Cellos I believe Aronson s story is remarkable and intriguing, but this book is not He was my teacher, and this gave meinsight into the events that shaped him I cried through most of it. Somehow this is the fifth or sixth book I ve read this year that takes WWII and the Holocaust as its subject.Lev Aronson s story is absolutely worth reading, especially if you are a musician or love classical music My only criticism is that I would like to knowabout his life once he moved to Dallas I understand that the unifying element of the book is the loss of Aronson s cellos, and therefore it makes sense that Brent ends her book once Aronson acquires the cello he would play until Somehow this is the fifth or sixth book I ve read this year that takes WWII and the Holocaust as its subject.Lev Aronson s story is absolutely worth reading, especially if you are a musician or love classical music My only criticism is that I would like to knowabout his life once he moved to Dallas I understand that the unifying element of the book is the loss of Aronson s cellos, and therefore it makes sense that Brent ends her book once Aronson acquires the cello he would play until his death, but I would have loved adetailed epilogue