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Virtuosi: A Defense and a (Sometimes Erotic) Celebration of Great Pianists

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005

    I agree with Timothy J. McGee

    I bought and read this book when it was first published in 2000. I knew from the subtitle to expect a sexual twist here and there, but hoped that I would primarily find factual information that would aid me in my research of Josef Hofmann. The impression I came away with was that the author's paramount intent was to celebrate the presence of homosexuality and sensuality in the world of piano virtuosity. Although it was nearly impossible to overlook overtones along those lines, I did find several interesting and amusing pieces of information that I was able to use in my research. The author demonstrates a vast knowledge of the topic, but seems unable or unwilling to divorce his presentation from a parallel quest to portray the virtuosi in the context of their sexuality - preferably their homosexuality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    bravo!

    I have just read the review by Timothy McGee for the Library Journal and am aghast that all he came away with after reading this book is the reference to homosexuals. That's like saying To Kill a Mockingbird is about the court system! I loved this book and found it to be a work of deep insight and knowledge and would recommend that it be available in ALL libraries.

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