By Carol Montparker
Those intensely own and perceptive essays discover the author's existence as a pianist - training, acting, instructing and writing - yet they can be the ideas and reflections of any artist. They recount the demanding situations, rewards and joys of her reviews in her selected career.
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He has generously allowed me to use material from my "Carillon" columns along with excerpts from articles that have appeared in the magazine. I wish to express my appreciation to the Glenn Gould Foundation in Toronto, Ontario; to Mrs. Arthur Rubinstein; to the family of Gerald Moore; to Horacio Gutiérrez; and to Donal Henahan, all for their kind permission to include material from their letters. My most special thanks go to three great concert artists for taking time midst their unbelievably busy schedules to read my manuscript: Jerome Lowenthal for the Foreword for this book, Alfred Brendel for his time and words of encouragement, and Andre Watts for his abiding friendship and support.
Certainly this baby boy was loaded with musical genes from both sides of the family. If it is true that Glenn Gould's mother played classical plano recordings during her pregnancy, perhaps this baby's listening to cello music helped to cultivate musical sensibilities, shape his tastes, and give him a prenatal headstart in musical development. None of us would ever have contemplated trying to shape a little person's future, but there is always the temptation to look for signs: will he dance or move responsively when he hears music?
Incited by moods that are translated ... by me into tones that roar and storm about me until I have set them down into notes. " You can hear him taking that first deep breath of fresh air in the opening bar's rest. Beethoven spoke of nature as "a glorious school for the heart" where he would be a scholar and learn its wisdoms. Every time I play the Sonata, Opus 79, in G major (a key that many musicians associate with a purifying and uplifting quality), I feel Beethoven's exultation in the natural world.
A Pianist's Landscape by Carol Montparker