Jessica Duchen is the author of “Rites of Spring”. Jessica Duchen was born in London, the youngest of 3 children in a musical family. Her first literary adventure was probably her encounter with J. R. R. Tolkien in Oxford at the age of 6. Jessica Duchen started writing novels at an early age. She spent a few years participating in the Dartington Summer School of Music. Jessica then studied music at Cambridge University, and in her 3rd year there (1986), her first article was published in “The Strad” (an interview with violinist Ida Haendel). Jessica Duchen’s degree dissertation was on Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt”. Her association with “The Strad” continued, and she became the magazine’s assistant editor in 1989. Jessica Duchen then worked for “Classical Music Magazine”. Knowing that there was a demand for a specialist piano magazine, she became the founding editor of the magazine “Classical Piano” (now named “Piano”). Jessica Duchen has interviewed musicians all over the world. Jessica Duchen’s articles have been published in “The Guardian”, “The Independent”, “The New Statesman”, “BBC Music Magazine”, “Classic FM Magazine”, and “Gramophone”. She has also written booklet notes for many CDs, and programme notes for the Carnegie, Wigmore and Royal Festival halls, and she has also given pre-concert talks at the Barbican, Wigmore, and Royal Festivel Halls. In October 2005, “Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music blog” was named “blog of the week” by “The Times”. Jessica Duchen wrote “Beloved Clara” for the stage, about the close relationships between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. She also wrote the text for Inside London, Dorothy Bohm’s photographic portrait of the city. In addition, Jessica has written 2 biographies: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (20th Century Composers) (1996) and Gabriel Faure (20th Century Composers) (2000). Jessica Duchen married the London Philharmonic violinist Tom Eisner in 1989, with whom she occasionally performs duets. “Rites of Spring” is her first novel.
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