Jacqueline was classical music's darling in the 1960's. It seemed there were nothing but good things ahead. Then when she was 26, she began to notice a lack of sensation in her fingers and elsewhere in her body. She continued to play, but experienced more and more difficulty. Eventually, she would be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite attempts to defy the disease, she played her final public concert at the age of 28, and succumbed 14 years later, at 42.
Not many people love January. It’s unpredictable, it’s cold, it’s blah. For me, since I found out I had MS, January has been Jackie’s Month.Jacqueline du Pré was born in January 1945 to a musical family, but of all of them, she was special. She was a genius as a cello player, a prodigy. Her passion and unique style raised eyebrows but made classical music cool in the late sixties. Here is Jackie playing Elgar, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, who was her husband. It is magical....more