Notes of a Moscow Pianist
Dmitry PapernoISBN: 1574670344;
Amazon.comPianist Dmitry Paperno--born in Kiev, in what is now Ukraine, in 1929--wrote this memoir in order to tell the world about his teacher at the Moscow Conservatory, the great Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser. And he succeeds, memorably and movingly. He also tells us about life in the Soviet Union as a boy during World War II, as a student in Stalin's terrors, and as a young soloist when even being permitted to play concert tours abroad was no Shield against overcrowding and official suspicions athome. He gives his readers an inkling of life as an emigrant, and the hardships of a very different kind he and his wife and daughter faced when they came to the United States in 1976. Among the most valuable aspects are his discussions on the nature of being a musician, and what that involves in terms of work, commitment and sheer talent. First published in Russian, Paperno's book now appears in a new English edition that retains its Russian flavor. An epilogue brings events up to...
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