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The Beauty of Gesture: The Invisible Keyboard of Piano and T'Ai Chi

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Publisher Comments:

In this society in which the essential is generally considered incidental (which is reflected in the unbearable dullness of the contemporary man), Catherine David picks the essence from inconspicuous corners where it has been gathering dust and shows us how she uses it to unlock the gates leading to inner beauty. In this remarkable series of 26 linked meditations, The Beauty of Gesture, subtitled "The Invisible keyboard of Piano and T'ai Chi," the French journalist Catherine David explores the analogies between playing the piano and practicing t'ai chi chu'an. A serious pianist and student of martial arts, David draws on a wide familiarity with literary and philosophical texts to evoke the intellectual and spiritual world of her imagination. "A beautiful act is an island of absoluteness in an ocean of chance," she writes, and her essay reminds us that the world vibrates with possibilities, necessities, and poetry for those who can focus attention.

Synopsis:

Translated from an award-winning French edition, this unique work explores the aesthetic resonances between playing the piano and t'ai chi ch'uan - each an art of the "beautiful gesture". The author draws on memory, reflection, works of philosophy, art, and literature, and her own parallel practice of piano and t'ai chi in a lyrical meditation on discipline as the gateway to freedom and gesture as the expression of spirit in action.

About the Author

Born and raised in Paris by her American mother and French father, Catherine David is a journalist and literary critic for the news magazine Le Nouvelle Observateur, writing on a range of topics including fiction, poetry, film, philosophy, biology, psychology, and history. She is the author of a novel, L'Ocean miniature, and a personal biography of the great actress, Simone Signoret ou la Memoire partagee.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556432194
Translator:
Anderson, Alison
Author:
Anderson, Alison
Author:
David
Author:
David, Catherine
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Physical Education
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Appreciation
Subject:
Tai chi chuan
Subject:
Piano
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
Tai Chi
Subject:
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Subject:
Musical Instruments / Piano & Keyboard
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.27x4.41x.55 in. .42 lbs.

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Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Music Appreciation
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » Piano and Harpsichord
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » Piano and Keyboard
Sports and Outdoors » Martial Arts » General
Sports and Outdoors » Martial Arts » Tai Chi Chuan
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Martial Arts » General

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"Synopsis" by , Translated from an award-winning French edition, this unique work explores the aesthetic resonances between playing the piano and t'ai chi ch'uan - each an art of the "beautiful gesture". The author draws on memory, reflection, works of philosophy, art, and literature, and her own parallel practice of piano and t'ai chi in a lyrical meditation on discipline as the gateway to freedom and gesture as the expression of spirit in action.
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