The Veil of Order: Conversations with Martin Meyer (Paperback)
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The Veil of Order: Conversations with Martin Meyer (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 12/10/2017
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'I was not a child prodigy; indeed, I had none of the requisite qualities for making a successful career' - which has not prevented Alfred Brendel from becoming one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. In these dialogues with Martin Meyer he speaks about his life, the development of his career, his music-making, his travels, his poems and essays; about his childhood in Zagreb, adolescence in Graz, and experiences as a young man in Vienna ('I was in Vienna, but I was never a "genuine" Viennese'); about literature, painting, architecture and kitsch. He talks about the liberties and obligations of a performer and discusses the work of musicians that have fascinated him, like Edwin Fischer, Cortot, Kempff, Furtwangler and Bruno Walter, or irritated him, like Glenn Gould. The conversations which are both serious and witty abound in amusing anecdotes and contain penetrating insights into the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Busoni and Schoenberg. Alfred Brendel emerges as a deep-thinking as well as emotional musician and a passionate sceptic - a Renaissance-like figure with an engaging sense of humour, a healthy dose of modesty and an enormous appetite for life.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571338009
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 234 x 154 x 22 mm
Edition: Main

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