Play It Again: An Amateur Against The Impossible (Paperback)
  • Play It Again: An Amateur Against The Impossible (Paperback)

Play It Again: An Amateur Against The Impossible (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 02/01/2014
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In 2010, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, set himself an almost impossible task: to learn, in the space of a year, Chopin's Ballade No. 1 - a piece that inspires dread in many professional pianists.

His timing could have been better.

The next twelve months were to witness the Arab Spring, the Japanese tsunami, the English riots, and the Guardian's breaking of both WikiLeaks and the News of the World hacking scandal.

In the midst of this he carved out twenty minutes' practice a day - even if that meant practising in a Libyan hotel in the middle of a revolution as well as gaining insights and advice from an array of legendary pianists, theorists, historians and neuroscientists, and even occasionally from secretaries of state.

But was he able to play the piece in time?

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099554745
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 357 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm

Extraordinary... Prepare to be inspired * Sunday Telegraph *
Bernard Levin once told me that journalism was "half gossip, half obsession, half slog and half madness". If that's true Play it Again is a minor classic from a major's about a stressed, insanely busy middle-aged person finding time to cultivate a hobby and discovering that his inner fire has been rekindled. That's a lesson we all need. -- Richard Morrison * The Times *
As soon as you enter the pages you are hooked, not just by the efforts to overcome this elusive piece through curiousity and courage, but by the clear way in which the diary takes the reader into the murky world of WikiLeaks and the still more polluted waters of phone hacking by News International... Riveting stuff... Play It Again is a hugely enjoyable, touching and informative volume * Literary Review *
An absorbing and technically detailed book... Rusbridger is a vivid writer who is able to make the physical experience of playing the piano...very gripping. -- Nicholas Kenyon * Times Literary Supplement *
In his page-turning diary, Chopin has to make room for Julian Assange, Leveson and the hacking scandal... This charming, nimble, book argues that a life cannot be too rounded nor a day too full. * Daily Telegraph *

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“Play It Again”

I loved this book.
I am also an amateur pianist, so I was very much in tune with the struggle to learn a difficult piece of music.
In addition all the national and international events which are covered by the... More

Paperback edition
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“Marvellous book”

Beautifully written
Essential read for amateur musicians, with interesting anecdotes from famous pianist.
I like the idea of including the score at the back of the book, to which you can refer whilst reading

Hardback edition
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