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"These autobiographical stories sparkle with vignettes of people, places and pets, but their deeper subject is that of the woman pianist in a male-dominated world. The subject is not new, but Ms. Montparker brings to it a rewarding freshness of insight." - Jerome Lowenthal Pianist; and faculty, The Juilliard School "The pianist's latest book deserves to be read by anyone who plays or wishes to play or ever wished to play the piano, and by everyone else too. She writes about music in a sane, wise, humane voice in this charming, instructive, often moving collection." - Michael Kimmelman Chief Art Critic, The New York Times; and pianist

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"She once had a promising career as a concert pianist, but Montparker (A Pianist's Landscape) decided to scale back on performing and to free herself from the pressures and anxieties of a touring musician's life. Although the piano is still the focus of her existence, and she still gives recitals from time to time, she is now able to pursue other activities; in these engaging personal essays, which she calls stories, she muses on some of these interests, such as her writing and painting, her garden, the birds in her backyard, her diaries and her travels. Montparker also reminisces about her childhood in Brooklyn; some of the many friends she has made over the years, including a charming elderly gentleman who managed to pass along to her his deceased wife's Steinway piano without making it look like a gift; her disastrous first marriage; and the happiness she has found with a second husband who shares her interests. Music plays the central role in her stories, however. She writes beautifully about the pianos she has owned and played (or not played, as in the tale of the gaudy blue piano of the title, which she refused to use for a recital at Steinway Hall), the perils of giving concerts in small towns, the revitalizing power of music after the tragedy of September 11 and her affection for all her students. Montparker's essays are slight, but they speak delightfully of the contentment of a musician who has never regretted her decision to trade a taxing career for full enjoyment of life's other pleasures. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Carol Montparker's 31 stories are remarkable for their frankness and emotional honesty. Creative nonfiction from a life in music, they are in turn tender and intense, lyrical and riotously funny. There is a poignant friendship with the elderly, irresistible Rudi; the anguish of a marriage that needed to end; true love found later; a narrow escape from an outlandishly surreal piano; moving tales from her teaching studio; each story with its own satisfying shape and rhythm. "These autobiographical stories sparkle with vignettes of people, places and petss, but their deeper subject is that of the woman pianist in a male-dominated worlld. The subject is not new, but Ms. Montparker brings to it a rewarding freshnesss of insight." - Jerome Lowenthal Pianist; and faculty, The Juilliard School "Thee pianist's latest book deserves to be read by anyone who plays or wishes to playy or ever wished to play the piano, and by everyone else too. She writes about muusic in a sane, wise, humane voice in this charming, instructive, often moving coollection." - Michael Kimmelman Chief Art Critic, The New York Times; and pianiist

Product Details

ISBN:
9781574670875
Author:
Montparker, Carol
Publisher:
Amadeus Press
Author:
Montparker, Carol
Location:
Pompton Plains, N.J.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Pianists
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Pianists -- United States.
Subject:
Montparker, Carol
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Series Volume:
2606
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
253
Dimensions:
9.20x6.44x.88 in. 1.21 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "She once had a promising career as a concert pianist, but Montparker (A Pianist's Landscape) decided to scale back on performing and to free herself from the pressures and anxieties of a touring musician's life. Although the piano is still the focus of her existence, and she still gives recitals from time to time, she is now able to pursue other activities; in these engaging personal essays, which she calls stories, she muses on some of these interests, such as her writing and painting, her garden, the birds in her backyard, her diaries and her travels. Montparker also reminisces about her childhood in Brooklyn; some of the many friends she has made over the years, including a charming elderly gentleman who managed to pass along to her his deceased wife's Steinway piano without making it look like a gift; her disastrous first marriage; and the happiness she has found with a second husband who shares her interests. Music plays the central role in her stories, however. She writes beautifully about the pianos she has owned and played (or not played, as in the tale of the gaudy blue piano of the title, which she refused to use for a recital at Steinway Hall), the perils of giving concerts in small towns, the revitalizing power of music after the tragedy of September 11 and her affection for all her students. Montparker's essays are slight, but they speak delightfully of the contentment of a musician who has never regretted her decision to trade a taxing career for full enjoyment of life's other pleasures. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Carol Montparker's 31 stories are remarkable for their frankness and emotional honesty. Creative nonfiction from a life in music, they are in turn tender and intense, lyrical and riotously funny. There is a poignant friendship with the elderly, irresistible Rudi; the anguish of a marriage that needed to end; true love found later; a narrow escape from an outlandishly surreal piano; moving tales from her teaching studio; each story with its own satisfying shape and rhythm. "These autobiographical stories sparkle with vignettes of people, places and petss, but their deeper subject is that of the woman pianist in a male-dominated worlld. The subject is not new, but Ms. Montparker brings to it a rewarding freshnesss of insight." - Jerome Lowenthal Pianist; and faculty, The Juilliard School "Thee pianist's latest book deserves to be read by anyone who plays or wishes to playy or ever wished to play the piano, and by everyone else too. She writes about muusic in a sane, wise, humane voice in this charming, instructive, often moving coollection." - Michael Kimmelman Chief Art Critic, The New York Times; and pianiist
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