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A Pianist's Homecoming : Chronicle II: A sequel to The Anatomy of a New York Debut Recital Paperback – September 7, 2011

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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466217448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466217447
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol Montparker is a pianist and the author of six books and numerous articles on music. Donal Henahan, former Chief Music Critic of The New York Times called her 1976 recital at Carnegie Recital Hall “a splendid debut from a pianist who starts where other pianists leave off.” Montparker’s diary of the experience evolved into her first book, The Anatomy of a New York Debut Recital, leading to the tangential career in music journalism. She has received four Awards of Excellence from the Educational Press of America. The original Chronicle spurred enthusiastic response from hundreds of musicians including the late great pianist, Glenn Gould, who called it “the most unput-downable piece of music journalism I have come across in many years.” Recently Ms.Montparker returned to the same recital hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City to present a special birthday celebration concert, a "homecoming", about which she kept a similar diary as the first one. Hence, this latest book, Chronicle II. Invited to join the roster of Steinway Artists in 1998, Carol Montparker continues to be an active recitalist. Her CDs, Pianogarden I and II, have received praises including from Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times : “a real artist, whose playing is unfailingly graceful and affecting,” and International Piano (Jan.2008): “Carol Montparker sparkles radiantly across a broad spectrum of repertoire… the grace and sheer communicated warmth of her playing in the Mozart, spill over into the Bach and Schubert, and in Ravel’s Sonatine, an enchanting reading that brims over with affection.” Montparker’s two professions of performance and writing have provided bountiful material for her lecture-recitals at conservatories, museums and universities, piano festivals and conferences. As a counterpoint to her work as a pianist and writer, Carol Montparker enjoys painting in watercolors, especially when traveling, and gardening. Ms.Montparker maintains and enjoys an active teaching studio in her residence in Huntington, Long Island.

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Carol Montparker, pianist and writer, has received highest praises for her concerts, CDs, and six books on music, with a new one being published this Fall--The Composer's Landscape: the Pianist as Explorer ; Interpreting Eight Great Masters. This book is based on the author's extensive experience as performing artist, teacher, writer and editor of Clavier, and is supplemented by generous excerpts from interviews of world-renowned concert artists.

From early childhood Montparker's identity, her passport, her core experiences were as a musician. Stories from her life in music are the material for The Blue Piano and Other Stories. Insights and wisdom from her years as performer and teacher provide the material for the essays in A Pianist's Landscape. Her tangential career in music journalism began with the writing of her Chronicle: The Anatomy of a New York Debut Recital, a diary of her own debut at Carnegie recital Hall in 1976.Glenn Gould responded to her book, "This is the most un-put-downable piece of music journalism I have come across in many years!" Thus, Ms. Montparker began writing along with performing--books and numerous articles (including 20 years as senior editor of Clavier, articles for The New York Times, Newsday, and virtually every music publication.)

A Pianist's Journal in Venice has an illuminated watercolor painting by Montparker on each page, and is a journal of the pianist's musical experiences in beautiful Venice. A Pianist's Homecoming is a sequel to the highly popular Anatomy of a N.Y. Recital Debut, and is also a chronicle of Montparker's return to the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie on the occasion of a special birthday.

Polly and the Piano, after several printings, continues to be a best-seller of the special relationship between a pianist and her dog, who lives underneath the piano. It delights adults as well as children, with the author's watercolors on each page.

Montparker has received hundreds of responsive letters, a phenomenon that has continued throughout her career as active recitalist and lecturer in universities, piano festivals and conferences, museums, libraries, and her own workshops. Audiences and readers have consistently reaffirmed her natural ability to address the essence and spirit of music-making. Carol Montparker is a Steinway Artist, and this coming Fall will start a new series The Composers' Landscape, workshops featuring the masterpieces of single composers, including her performance, lecture, and coaching.(Please see for details.)Montparker maintains an active private teaching studio in Huntington, New York. Please pay a visit to her website

Pianists, piano teachers, and students participated in, or audited the series entitled The Composer's Landscape, presented by Steinway Artist, Carol Montparker at Steinway. At each of the two-hour workshops, Ms. Montparker began by performing a major work by the composer-in-focus followed by a talk and discussion about the essential elements of performing his piano works. It is these series of lectures that served as the seedling stages of her new book (see above announcement).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Pliscou on November 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Carol Montparker's sequel to her ANATOMY OF A NEW YORK DEBUT RECITAL offers fascinating insight into the heart, soul, and intellect of the artist. An accomplished pianist, writer, and visual artist, Ms. Montparker's HOMECOMING is beautifully crafted and will appeal to both musician and non-musician alike. Her personality shines through in this candid, witty, and brilliant memoir; it's a must-read glimpse into a remarkable life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent E. Johnston on March 19, 2012
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This is a priceless treasure. Anyone that has ever been to Venice will love the book.
It is most gentle on the eyes and the words are poetry.
It belongs on every pianist's reading list. The book allows anyone with the ability to "sense" and "feel" music and art
the blessing of viewing
a sacred city through the eyes of a first rank pianist. Worthy of owning.
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