Jacqueline du Pre: Requiems For Jackie

Feuding memoirs of a celebrated cellist's life

Cellist Jacqueline du Pre was classical music's golden girl. When she performed, her blond tresses flew, her body undulated to the music, and the passion in her playing stirred the hearts of her listeners. Du Pre's marriage in 1967 to the equally charismatic pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim added the glitter of sex and glamour to her already glowing mystique. Then in 1973, at the age of 28, she was forced to retire by the onset of multiple sclerosis. When she died in 1987, admirers, particularly in her native Britain, canonized her as a musical genius and lamented her premature loss.


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