Memoirs of a Piano: A Whimsical Adventure [NOOK Book]

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MEMOIRS OF A PIANO is a whimsical chronicle of the vicissitudes of fortune of a French piano during more than a century of historical upheavals.

In its own words it tells us how it had ended up on the barricades during the French Commune. It describes its encounters with Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saence, its meeting with young prodigy Claude Debussy with whom it travels...
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Memoirs of a Piano: A Whimsical Adventure

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Overview

MEMOIRS OF A PIANO is a whimsical chronicle of the vicissitudes of fortune of a French piano during more than a century of historical upheavals.

In its own words it tells us how it had ended up on the barricades during the French Commune. It describes its encounters with Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saence, its meeting with young prodigy Claude Debussy with whom it travels to Russia.

Fate interferes with piano's happy collaboration with Debussy, sending the young musician back to France to become eventually the founder of the Impressionism, while our hero, the piano, becomes a witness to the mutiny on the battleship Potemkin in 1905.

Piano's adventures continue with the dramatic escape from Russian Revolution aboard the yacht Renaissance. Safe in Turkey, the owner sells the yacht (along with the piano) to an eccentric American who sails her among the Greek Islands, buying antiquities.

The yacht and the piano barely survive vicious Atlantic storms on their way to America. Arriving to New Orleans, the ruined piano is discarded on the beach. It is rescued by a group of black musicians, who repair it and move it to a club where it has to learn the new music-Jazz!

The saga of the French piano continues in America, eventually leading t piano's vainglorious participation in the cruelest sport of the Great Depression-Marathon Dancing.

Finally, piano ends up among the props at the MGM Movie Studio, and is sold at the famous MGM auction in 1970. It is still has a secret desire to work with young musicians on the threshold of their fame, as with Debussy, at the start of the composer's life.
And at last, the great piano's desire is fulfilled. It is bought by a famous university for a young virtuoso and has its triumph in the concert hall.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462813858
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 546 KB

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