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Piano Pieces

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Russell Sherman has been hailed as "that rarest of performers--a thinking man's virtuoso" (Chicago Tribune), and Piano Pieces is his scintillating excursion into the world of piano and its multiple spheres of affect and influence. From pithy reflections on tone, technique, and the thorny matter of thumbs to ruminations on how such a machine could be the voice and repositor ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published June 26th 1997 by North Point Press (first published April 1996)
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Linda
Mar 16, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Is Russell Sherman a genius? Is he crazy? Is this a great book about
classical music or incomprehensible ravings of a madman? Yes!! I really did enjoy the parts I could understand, kind of like classical music itself!
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May 23, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it liked it
Shelves: music
About half of this book is utter gibberish, stream of consciousness musings which sound like the aphorisms of some mystical Chauncey Gardiner:

The thumb is not only the pivot and navigator of the hand; it is also the anchor, the Moor, the mooring, and the grey eminence, the catalyst, carburetor, conductor, tax collector, toxin, and jury, the fool and pillar, the pillow and support, the dumpling, furnace, and probe, the repository of memory and strategy, the compass, boundary, bounder, and lazy va
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Thomas Phillips
Sep 10, 2013 Thomas Phillips rated it it was amazing
Those giving this a fair to poor know probably not enough about playing the piano. This guy completely NAILS IT! His understanding of what it takes...is fairly sublime. Those that know, just plain know. He is one of those that absolutely understand what it takes to get around the instrument and make it do things for you. AMAZING, but you must be a piano geek like myself to truly appreciate.
Dgfletch
Oct 08, 2008 Dgfletch rated it really liked it
This is a book with a whole lot of terribly pertinent (which usually means painful) observation about art and society.
It is very piano-oriented, but has a wonderful section on baseball players of the 40's and quotes G B Shaw and Rilke to great effect.
I've been told I'm reading too much stuff about pianos.
Joeann Haddad
Oct 10, 2011 Joeann Haddad rated it it was ok
I disliked the structure of the writing and it seemed dull and lifeless. No voice was evident.
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