Chamber Music: Living & Making a Living

Musicians who go for broke by trying to survive in the field of chamber music alone often do just that—go broke. The chamber repertory includes a large share of the world's masterpieces, but it attracts a minor share of music's paying audiences. Most players choose to do their chamber work as an afterhours hobby, meanwhile keeping their budgets in tune by teaching, solo dates, orchestral jobs or television-and movie-studio work.

Thus it was an audacious step three years ago when the members of the New York-based Beaux-Arts String Quartet dropped all their outside assignments for four solid months...

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