Julian Bream's Memoirs?

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Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by LukeMarsden » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:20 am

Anyone heard any news about the Master's Memoirs?

I heard a lady (linked with The Lute Society?) was writing some ideas down with him?

Really hope this comes to fruition,

Anyone heard anything?

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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by Peter Lovett » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:09 pm

Much spoken of but with little to no detail of what and when.
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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by Martin » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:23 pm

LukeMarsden wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:20 am
Anyone heard any news about the Master's Memoirs?

I heard a lady (linked with The Lute Society?) was writing some ideas down with him?

Really hope this comes to fruition,

Anyone heard anything?
That was Thea Abbott, who wrote the biography of lutenist and early music specialist Diane Poulton in 2014. She was briefly a member of this forum and announced the Bream biography here - viewtopic.php?f=28&t=100927

There doesn't seem to have been a great deal of progress.
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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by Pat Dodson » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:58 pm

This from Thea Abbott's webpage (not dated):

"For the last eighteen months I have been working with the guitarist, Julian Bream, to write an account of his life and music. Unfortunately that project came to an end when Julian decided that he didn’t want to continue."

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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by oc chuck » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:59 pm

RE:
viewtopic.php?t=100927

As Biothea said in her second post:

Post by Biothea » Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:37 am
"Thank you for such a positive response to my first and rather tentative post! In response to cliffbryant, Julian has decided that at 82 he doesn't want to continue with the idea of an autobiography. His memory though is sparklingly clear and accurate and I thoroughly enjoy our meetings."

Would have loved to see the book completed, however there are several
books and dvd's about his life available.

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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by LukeMarsden » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:10 pm

Oh what a shame!

I wonder why that stopped - that would have been a wonderful book to buy and read.

What happened?

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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by Carey » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:41 pm

Oh, that's *really* a shame. At least he did 'A Life on the Road', which was wonderful.

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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by sxedio » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:32 pm

The funny thing is Bream was pretty public about not being a fan of Diana Poulton, and the lute society people are pretty public about not being fans of Bream's technique, choice of instrument etc.
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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by LukeMarsden » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:18 am

sxedio wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:32 pm
The funny thing is Bream was pretty public about not being a fan of Diana Poulton, and the lute society people are pretty public about not being fans of Bream's technique, choice of instrument etc.
that's because the lute society is full of bitter old men who can barely play the lute, let alone understand Bream.

pop along to a meeting, hear them give a lecture about some minor academic nonsense, then when they pick up a lute - they can barely get through a piece.

there's only a handful of "pro" lutenists in the UK and most of them dont go near the lute society for this very reason.

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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by Christopher Freitag » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:08 pm

I've been in contact with him, and he is still working on this. He says he now intends it to be more of a memoir than a biography. We can still be hopeful.
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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by Carey » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:23 pm

That's very good news, and I sure hope it happens.

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Re: Julian Bream's Memoirs?

Post by pogmoor » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:01 pm

LukeMarsden wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:18 am

...that's because the lute society is full of bitter old men who can barely play the lute, let alone understand Bream.

pop along to a meeting, hear them give a lecture about some minor academic nonsense, then when they pick up a lute - they can barely get through a piece.

there's only a handful of "pro" lutenists in the UK and most of them dont go near the lute society for this very reason.
This doesn't accord with my perception of the Lute Society (of which I am a member). I haven't been to meetings for two or three years, but at those I attended I often saw (and heard) excellent lute players - and some of the UK''s premier lute builders.
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