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My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music

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The stirring memoir of one of the greatest pianists of the postwar era—an inspiring tale of triumph over crippling incapacity that rivals Shine.

The pianist Leon Fleisher—whose student–teacher lineage linked him to Beethoven by way of his instructor, Artur Schnabel—displayed an exceptional gift from his earliest years. And then, like the hero of a Greek tragedy, he was struck down in his prime: at thirty-six years old, he suddenly and mysteriously became unable to use two fingers of his right hand.

It is not just Fleisher’s thirty-year search for a cure that drives this remarkable memoir. With his coauthor, celebrated music critic Anne Midgette, the pianist explores the depression that engulfed him as his condition worsened and, perhaps most powerfully of all, the sheer love of music that rescued him from complete self-destruction.

Miraculously, at the age of sixty-six, Fleisher was diagnosed with focal dystonia, and cured by experimental Botox injections. In 2003, he returned to Carnegie Hall to give his first two-handed recital in over three decades, bringing down the house.

Sad, reflective, but ultimately triumphant, My Nine Lives combines the glamour, pathos, and courage of Fleisher’s life with real musical and intellectual substance. Fleisher embodies the resilience of the human spirit, and his memoir proves that true passion always finds a way.

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The acclaimed pianist featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Two Hands, describes his 30-year effort to battle a mysterious condition that rendered him unable to use two fingers, relating how he was miraculously cured by an experimental treatment.

Synopsis:

The stirring memoir of one of the greatest pianists of the postwar era an inspiring tale of triumph over crippling incapacity that rivals Shine.

The pianist Leon Fleisher whose student teacher lineage linked him to Beethoven by way of his instructor, Artur Schnabel displayed an exceptional gift from his earliest years. And then, like the hero of a Greek tragedy, he was struck down in his prime: at thirty-six years old, he suddenly and mysteriously became unable to use two fingers of his right hand.

It is not just Fleisher's thirty-year search for a cure that drives this remarkable memoir. With his co

About the Author

Born in San Francisco, LEON FLEISHER made his Carnegie Hall debut at sixteen. He was Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 1994; the subject of the 2006 Oscar-nominated short documentary Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story; and a 2007 Kennedy Center Honoree. He continues to tour the world on an ambitious performance schedule.

A Yale graduate, ANNE MIDGETTE reviewed classical music for the New York Times before becoming chief classical music critic for the Washington Post.

Table of Contents

Child prodigy — Student of Schnabel — Master class 1. Johannes Brahms, Piano concerto no. 1 in D minor, op. 15 (1861) — Outstanding young American pianist — The Bohemian — The young lion — Master class 2. Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano concerto no. 4 in G major, op. 58 (1805-06) — Catastrophe — Master class 3. Maurice Ravel, Piano concerto for the left hand in D major (1929-30) — The conductor — The teacher — Master class 4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano concerto no. 25 in C major, K. 503 (1786) — The left-handed pianist — Master class 5. Franz Schubert, Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 (1828) — Renaissance man.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385533669
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Many Careers in Music
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Midgette, Anne
Author:
Fleisher, Leon
Author:
Leon Fleisher
Author:
Anne Midgette
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Individual Composer & Musician
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Music - Classical
Subject:
Music-Classical Biographies
Subject:
Music-Individual Composer and Musician
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-BIOGRAPHY
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20101130
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
325

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Product details 325 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780385533669 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed pianist featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Two Hands, describes his 30-year effort to battle a mysterious condition that rendered him unable to use two fingers, relating how he was miraculously cured by an experimental treatment.
"Synopsis" by , The stirring memoir of one of the greatest pianists of the postwar era an inspiring tale of triumph over crippling incapacity that rivals Shine.

The pianist Leon Fleisher whose student teacher lineage linked him to Beethoven by way of his instructor, Artur Schnabel displayed an exceptional gift from his earliest years. And then, like the hero of a Greek tragedy, he was struck down in his prime: at thirty-six years old, he suddenly and mysteriously became unable to use two fingers of his right hand.

It is not just Fleisher's thirty-year search for a cure that drives this remarkable memoir. With his co

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