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Am I Too Loud?: A Musical Autobiography Hardcover – January 1, 1962


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (January 1, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007H2J96
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,432,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Wallace on November 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This memoir of Gerald Moore, the pianistic accompanist most in demand in his day, is a classic that should be on the shelf of every musician who considers him/herself to be an accompanist. He worked with Pablo Casals, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Ángeles, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Fathleen Ferrier, to name a few.
Rather than being the shadow in the background Moore was the water that sustained the vessel so that soloist and accompanist became one.

Moore cites many delightful anecdotes of situations with famous artists; one of the most amusing was the request of Elisabeth Schwartzkopf who was to perform a lieder recital at Carnegie Hall. The piano used in the hall was the Steinway D. Ms Schwartzkopf requested, "Make sure to have the small stick when I walk out on stage." Her German accent must have confused the company because when she walked out on stage there was an upright piano made by "George Steck" (an American piano company long out of business).

What Moore considered the greatest compliment an accompanist could receive was, "I didn't even notice you were there."

Ultimately, his advice to all accompanists working with soloists was, "If the performer asks you how you are, even though you are suffering from a high fever and have innumerable aches and pains, you must always say, 'I am fine.'"

Highly recommended.
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