- File Size: 191 KB
- Print Length: 39 pages
- Publisher: RosettaBooks (September 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009IPQKLQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Pianist Under the Influence (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
|Length: 39 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $0.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top Customer Reviews
Biss acknowledges that the sentimentality of the music of the 19th century sits uncomfortably with today's music, where image and irony is everything. It is as if Biss wants to deliberately thumb his nose at this attitude - "the soft bigotry of received wisdom" which has led to Schumann being so misunderstood - by adopting a reverent and wistful tone while speaking of Schumann's music.
The book is not all about Schumann, though. Biss includes also a short review of the works of some of his favourite composers from the 20th and 21st centuries, all of whom, Biss opines, share an ache for the past. This survey includes some not so adulatory observations about Schumann too. There is nevertheless an undercurrent of love and reverence that pervades these critical notes on the life and works of Schumann. It is almost like a doting mother writing about her child, loving the offspring in spite of - or even because of - the child's flaws. In the end, this book may be for some the next best thing to listening to Schumann's music itself. But others, who may not be such great fans of Schuman, may not appreciate and relate to this elegy so much. The book may thus get mistaken for an unrelieved monotone rather than a well-rounded symphony.
This opened the music up to me in ways I had not expected, and I'm going to try again, using some of the recordings that Biss mentions, including his own. I wish that Amazon had found a way to insert musical excerpts into the manuscript as links. As someone interested in the psychological implications of music and aware (although not always consciously) of its power over the psyche, I was fascinated by the idea of Schumann's baring his soul so unsparingly. This book is highly recommended.Now on to Biss's thoughts about Beethoven.
What is most compelling about this essay is Biss's humility and openness about his own struggles in the pursuit of the music's higher meaning, and his drawing upon the inherent connection with Schumann's own struggles. It is easy to understand why Biss's recordings and performances are so deeply rewarding.
There is little ego in Biss's writing, yet there is such an enormous breadth of knowledge that one feels compelled to turn the page and to pursue more deeply Schumann's music. His passion for the subject is unquestionable and readers - regardless of their knowledge of Schumann or classical music in general terms - will find this essay inspiring and engrossing. A must-read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Arts & Photography > Music
- Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Philosophy
- Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Arts & Photography
- Kindle Store > Kindle Singles > Essays & Ideas
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Arts & Photography > Music
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Politics & Social Sciences > Philosophy