While the Music Lasts by Alice McVeigh
While the Music Lasts
A novel by Alice McVeigh
“This portrayal of the psychosexual duet between men and women, and of the music-making process in a symphony orchestra, sings with lyrical intensity and eloquent feeling” (Publishers Weekly)
Life in the (fictional) Orchestra of London as seen through the eyes of several musicians. Perfectly representing the disparate attitudes, feelings and ambitions of a symphony orchestra full of crazy musos, it brilliantly weaves together affairs, musical jealousies, a misdirected love letter, and an unusual codicil to a will.
Originally "big-five"-published, this is based upon her previous life as a London freelance cellist, performing all over the world with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.
"The orchestra becomes a universe in microcosm - all human life is here" (The Sunday Times)
"A very enjoyable novel - and not quite as light as it pretends to be." (The Sunday Telegraph)