Out of Silence: A Pianist's Yearbook
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Out of Silence: A Pianist's Yearbook

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Out of Silence is a diary of a year in Susan Tomes's life as a performer. Taking as its inspiration Schumann's remark that 'I am affected by everything that goes on in the world, and I think it all over in my own way', it aims to show how a working musician mulls over and draws energy from the events of everyday life. We follow this internationally renowned pianist as she...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published March 18th 2010 by Boydell Press
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Kathleen Dixon
I was enjoying this book - Tomes writes well, and I like her practical style while talking about the life of a musician, something that few of us know anything about. Of course, I have a brother and a sister I could ask about what it's like being a professional musician (and we do have idle conversations on occasion) but I'm waiting for their books . . . !

I started in the past tense because I've misplaced the book while moving house (and then moving into a one-room cabin on the property) and it'...more
A highly regarded pianist, Tomes displays rare sensitivity and a gift for listening and observation that translates well to the printed page. The structure is a bit unusual, in that many of her chapters are more like fleshed-out thoughts or journal entries, rather than proper chapters. But this is a very thoughtfully written book whose insights can be appreciated by musicians as well as anyone striving to live a creative life.
Dec 26, 2010 Michelle marked it as to-read
A year in the life of an internationally renowed pianists, her perspective on practicing, art, life, performance, music, etc.
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