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I Really Should Be Practicing Paperback – July, 1982

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (July 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380598736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380598731
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,071,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
In this autobiography Gary Graffman not only chronicles his own musical career but puts the reader in close touch with many of the major figures of the classical musical world. Graffman tells the story of how his family left Russia and how he made his way in America to the concert stage. His tells vivid anecdotes about many of the musical greats including Horowitz who was his teacher, Stravinsky, Rubinstein and Van Cliburn. He brings us into unusual places in the musical world such as the Steinway establishment on the West Side of New York where the great concert pianists came to acquire their instruments. Graffman writes with a somewhat self- celebratory tone and gives the sense that all he was involved in was quite wonderful.
Later in his career he came down unfortunately with a debilitating injury which made it impossible to use his right hand. Several composers then wrote works for 'left hand only'.
This autobiography does not however reach that point but finishes with him still at the top of the heap after a successful tour of his parent's former homeland.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jouli Ivantchenko on May 11, 2013
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This book is a pleasure to read. It delivers joy, laughter and relaxation. By the way, it is a very educating book. It lets to get feeling, for a lay person, of hardships and pleasures encountered by concert pianists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Scott Harrison on August 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had the opportunity of escorting Mr. Graffman around our campus in SW Louisiana back in 1971. He was touring, I believe, with the Community Concert organization. This was about a decade prior to his dexterity difficulties and the writing of this fascinating and entertaining book. I remember his loving good food and some of us taking him out to Don's Seafood in Lafayette LA. I also remember our new(and terrible) Steinway that finally he had to refuse and go with our old, venerable Baldwin. I still remember his recital as one of the most astounding I have ever heard. Get this:

Schubert's C-minor(posthumous) followed by
Braham's Books 1 & 2 of the Paganini variations. then....
Ravel's Gaspard , interspersed with a Scriabin prelude then, to cap it off....
Balakirev's Islamey!!!! I mean...!!!!???? It was as if he'd purposely picked the four most difficult pieces in the standard repertory. Did we complain..? No. We just listened...transfixed. One wonders if this sort of recital didn't contribute to his later finger problems. Anyway, Gary was a gracious virtuoso and I loved this book(especially his remarks about piano mechanisms)
Thank you for this book, Gary. How about another volume bringing us up-to-date on your years as head of Curtis?

All pianist should have this in their library, along with his newly released complete recordings on Columbia!

I too really should be practicing....
Scott Harrison
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Format: Hardcover
This book gives great insights to the art and life of a touring pianist, and is one of the funniest books I have ever read.
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By YY on January 15, 2015
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Great book of a great pianist with great character and incredible great sense of humor !!!!
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