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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; Har/Com Re edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292723938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292723931
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Music as a great adventure of mind and body: this is what Carlos Prieto gives us in this spirited book." Carlos Fuentes "Like Rostropovich, Carlos Prieto is a true champion of the cello. A creative artist, scholar, and storyteller, Carlos has been a prolific contributor to the flow of music throughout the western hemisphere, premiering compositions of some of the greatest contemporary composers and helping to nurture and develop an entire generation of Latin America's most talented musicians. I am privileged to know him as a colleague and honored to call him my friend." Yo-Yo Ma

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Music as a great adventure of mind and body: this is what Carlos Prieto gives us in this spirited book. (Carlos Fuentes) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I loved this book and you don't have to be a cello enthusiast to enjoy reading it.
K. Collier
Carlos Prieto is not only a distinguished cellist, he is also a gifted writer, tireless and inquisitive historical researcher and a wonderful storyteller.
Benjamin Juarez Echenique
This is a facile read...an entertaining and enlightening account of the "life" of a priceless Stradivari cello since its "birth".
J. Q. Fraser

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Collier on September 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book and you don't have to be a cello enthusiast to enjoy reading it. Some parts are a bit slow but the good stuff makes up for it. Prieto has a personable writing style and obvious emotional attachment to his cello that is infectious. He structures the story well - his path to cello stardom is unusual and offers life lessons to people of all ages. He draws the reader in early with the tension behind "How did HE end up with a Strad cello???" The book is kind of a smorgasbord of music trivia/ commentary, including and engaging (if informal) overview of the great composers from the past to the present (much better than the historical overview in The Cambridge Companion to the Cello). Lastly, he is also of an age where his own life story is begins to offer a window into an era gone by. Sr. Prieto will be on your "dream dinner party" list after you read this. Buy the book and pass it on...!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In 1720 the elderly violin maker Stradivari made a masterpiece: it was known as the 'Red Stradivari', but it wasn't a violin - it was a cello. Under its new name, the Piatti, it left Italy on a tour, to eventually become the author's key to success. Here is the history of Piatti, from its creation through its different owners. Cello players and classical music enthusiasts will relish this affectionate survey.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Duncan on April 19, 2007
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Prieto's fascinating account of his famous cello's life is just the base upon which he gives a wealth of information about cellos, cellists, the cello literature, performances, and the world of the classical musician. Cellists and anyone appreciating cello music will find many portions they can use or be amused by.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Imre Sutton on June 1, 2011
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This is a highly personal and very candid narrative of being a cellist, concertizing all over the world, encouraging composers to write cello concertos and other pieces, knowing other musicians including cellists, etc. The book contains chapters focusing on the author's career, including lists of programs for different cities in different years. It also explores the history of the Stradavarius the author owns -- the Piatti cello. The author named his cello and has some stories of the cello traveling like a person. Another section recounts the history of cello music. The book has numerous photos of the author with instrumentalists such as Yo-Yo Ma, various composers, conductors and others. It was written in Spanish and ably translated. The new edition also contains a CD at the back -- Prieto's performances. A fine addition to a well conceived, written, and published volume. Imre Sutton, Prof. Emeritus, Geography; Cal. State Univ., Fullerton
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Q. Fraser on May 8, 2008
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This is a facile read...an entertaining and enlightening account of the "life" of a priceless Stradivari cello since its "birth". Along the way we learn briefly of the various characters who played a significant role in the cello's life history. The first part of the book gives a review of famous stringed instrument makers and the construction of these instruments. Ideal for either the interested "aficionado" or professional musician.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Not my name on February 9, 2009
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I have to give this only three stars because there really isn't very much about the history or adventure of a certain cello. It really should have been titled as a autobiography of Carlos Prieto. If you're interested in Russia and it's composers than this book will interest you, if you want more than one chapter on the history of a Stradivarius then I suggest you look elsewhere.
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