ISBN 978-0-8126-9627-1$24.95 paper
The String Players' Guide to Chamber Music
For all lovers of chamber music and especially for amateur string players of all ages, this is the authoritative guide to the core works of the many-splendored literature for small string ensemble. The String Players' Guide to Chamber Music lists 260 compositions by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Shostakovich, and many others, describing the delights and pitfalls of each piece. The Guide identifies specific problems performers face and rates each work for both musical appeal and degree of difficulty in performance.
"The String Players' Guide to Chamber Music is a marvelously efficient and useful book, imparting relevant information on the major works of the repertoire in an informal and readable style, well-designed to appeal to a core audience of amateur string players and young preprofessionals who enjoy reading string and piano chamber music. May this book bring more music lovers into this deeply satisfying world!"
—Bayla Keyes, Director of the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference and violinist with the piano trio Triple Helix
"The String Players' Guide to Chamber Music will be an undeniable asset to chamber music enthusiasts. It is of inestimable value not only to string players but to anyone who is a devotee of chamber music."
—Vadim Mazo, faculty member, Interlochen camp for chamber music, and Music Director, Illinois Wesleyan Camerata
"Jim Christensen's String Players' Guide is a labor of love for the pursuit of musical knowledge and pleasure of the craft. We all benefit as he shares his years of experience gained from living rooms, salons, practice rooms, study camps—and, most importantly, his friends. It is an easy read and is organized clearly for quick reference in your ad hoc reading sessions!"
—Masumi Rostad, violist, Pacifica Quartet
"James Christensen, a chamber music aficionado and wonderful cellist, has written a passionate account of his take on the great chamber music literature. His book is designed for the amateur chamber musician; however, it is highly beneficial for all players. This invaluable guide will bring great advantage to those fortunate enough to have read excerpts from it before that evening 'get-together'!"
—Judith Glyde, founding member of the Manhattan String Quartet and Professor of Cello and Chamber Music, University of Colorado, Boulder
James Christensen is a cellist who got his musical training over half a century ago, and has played regularly ever since. A physician and professor of medicine, he is Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa. Dr. Christensen is the author of Bedside Logic in Diagnostic Gastroenterology (1987) and hundreds of articles, reviews, and book chapters in physiology and medicine.