The Takács Quartet. Left to right: Geraldine Walther, Edward Dusinberre, András Fejér, and Károly Schranz.

(Photo by Keith Saunders)

Violinist Edward Dusinberre was 24 and fresh out of Juilliard when he was asked to be a member of the Takács Quartet, long based at CU Boulder. He joined three experienced Hungarian musicians. One of them told him, “this is not a job; it’s your family, your life.”

In his new book, “Beethoven For a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets,” Dusinberre offers a backstage look at one of the world’s most celebrated quartets: the heated discussions they have at rehearsals, the relentless travel schedule, the accolades from fans and critics. Along the way, Beethoven’s 16 string quartets have been musical touchstones. Dusinberre spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.