When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother

When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother

by Thomas J. Cottle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791459985

ISBN-13: 9780791459980

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A son’s coming to terms with his mother’s decision to abandon her career as a concert pianist in order to raise her children.

This is the story of one woman’s decision to forfeit a brilliant career for the sake of motherhood. Once a child prodigy, Gitta Gradova traveled the world as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, performing

Overview

A son’s coming to terms with his mother’s decision to abandon her career as a concert pianist in order to raise her children.

This is the story of one woman’s decision to forfeit a brilliant career for the sake of motherhood. Once a child prodigy, Gitta Gradova traveled the world as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, performing recitals as well as appearing with prominent orchestras of her era. Her son Thomas J. Cottle uses written records, interviews, and personal reminiscence to reconstruct her life, as well as their own mother-son relationship. He is at times a storyteller, at times a psychologist, at times a son seeking to uncover those aspects of his mother’s life he could never know, or perhaps, chose not to know until it was too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791459980
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
815,376
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Hawthorne Place

2. The Pianist

3. My Mother's Couch

4. The Physician

5. On Soirees and Skirmishes

6. Identical Sensibilities

7. Gone in the Moment

8. Merely Two People

9. Giant Shadows

10. Final Concert

Notes

About the Author

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