Daniel Kossov: Pictures of an Outstanding Musician Part 2 – A Violin from Jerusalem by Rosemary Ellen Tingley is a beautifully told story about a magnificent musician. Part 2 focuses on Daniel Kossov’s experiences while living in Jerusalem. The author not only shares the inspiring events that take place with Kossov, but brings to life a part of the world that is sacred and beautiful.
It was impressive to learn about a particular story Tingley shared about Kossov. He was working with a group of music students who were getting ready for a performance. In their last hour of practice, they didn’t sound very good, and instead of yelling or panicking, Kossov magically transformed his student orchestra by saying the right things and making small adjustments. The author was shocked by the drastic improvement during the performance. I was impressed because, as a former teacher, I know those skills are hard to come by. It clearly showed some of Kossov’s incredible talents, not only musically, but as a communicator and teacher as well.
Tingley uses her talent of written expression to give her readers a glimpse into the mind of Kossov, which is utterly fascinating. Although I am not a musician and have only a moderate appreciation for music, I was taken in by the complexities of composing music, along with the brilliance of Kossov and other composers mentioned in the book. I enjoyed learning about music from a new perspective and my appreciation is greatly increased.
The stories shared in this book are simple and ordinary as well as magical and fascinating. I enjoyed how the author shared the simplicities of everyday life, intertwined with moments of genius and terror. I completed reading this book with a smile on my face.
I highly recommend Daniel Kossov: Pictures of an Outstanding Musician Part 2 – A Violin from Jerusalem by Rosemary Ellen Tingley for anyone interested in gaining a higher appreciation for music, art, and Kossov as an artist. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself thoroughly engaged in this book from the very beginning. I feel inspired and enlightened after reading this book. Thank you, Ms. Tingley!