Jonathan Biss



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Beethoven's Shadow

3.44 avg rating — 642 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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Unquiet: My Life with Beeth...

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Coda

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A Pianist Under the Influence

4.23 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2012
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A Pianist Under the Influence

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“A bad idea may ultimately lead you to a good idea, while nothing, as they say, comes of nothing.”
Jonathan Biss, Beethoven's Shadow

“Anyone who has been in love knows that infatuation does not come without complexity and, usually, an element of danger. We fall in love — with a person, or an idea, or a work of art — not in spite of the risk of losing ourselves, but because it is a way to lose ourselves.”
Jonathan Biss, Beethoven's Shadow

“Ultimately, rather than making the mistake of trying to be someone else, I wanted to make my own mistakes. This was not simply a question of coming to terms with my intense admiration for Mr. Fleisher; it had to do with a fundamental shift in my mentality — worrying less about the approval or disapproval of the person who happened to be listening at that moment. Once I stopped looking over my shoulder and instead focused my energy on my own responses to my playing (and separating these from other people’s responses is, of course, a complex and ongoing process) the idea of erring became a lot less constricting, and my desire to take on the most challenging music thus became far less mitigated by anxiety.”
Jonathan Biss, Beethoven's Shadow



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