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Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick
Born in Budapest in 1903, Ervin Nyiregyházi (nyeer-edge-hah-zee) was composing at two, giving his first public recital at six, and performing all over Europe by eight. He was soon recognized as one of the most remarkable child prodigies in history and became the subject of a four-year study by a psychologist. By twenty-five, he had all but disappeared. Mismanaged, exploite...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Carroll & Graf
(first published February 27th 2007)
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I remember when this guy made his "comeback" in the early eighties. His approach to the piano was rather loud. He was profiled glowingly on "60 Minutes". He was a nut! But he could definitely tickle them ivories. This bio is a fair and evocative account of one weird dude.