The Musicians Paperback – January 9, 1987
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From the Back Cover
"Sempe is a comedic genius, who gives all of us musicians the invaluable gift of redeeming our solemnity with the grace of humor." -Leonard Bernstein
"Sempe's musicians resound with his extraordinary genius. His fascination with the comedy of music making is a wonderful play on the nobility of music and the frailty of musicians. His vision is compassionate, ironic, lyrical, and very funny." -Edward Koren
"There is something so very touching about his work, based on the contrast between his message and the meticulousness of his detail." -Saul Steinberg
Here is the musician's world captured in 65 poignant, funny, and utterly memorable drawings, including 16 in full color, by France's most celebrated cartoonist. Sempe is well-known in this country for his frequent contributions to The New Yorker.
About the Author
- Publisher : Workman Publishing Company; Reprint edition (January 9, 1987)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 24 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0894805088
- ISBN-13 : 978-0894805080
- Item Weight : 1.18 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.92 x 0.36 x 11.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,520,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is not a book of cartoons, in the sense of jokes, but the artist in Sempe is beautifully to the fore. Each page is an observation of some aspect of a musician's life and the content suggests that it was a life he knew intimately. Some are quick line drawings, some pen and ink washes, some more elaborate. There is the teacher with the piano pupil, or the string quartet practising, the trio waiting in the deserted midnight street, the child with ambitious parents gazing hopelessly at a score by the child Mozart... Each page is a gem of acute, but never cruel, observation tres sympathetique.