Lost Genius: The Curious and Tragic Story of an Extraordinary Musical Prodigy

Lost Genius: The Curious and Tragic Story of an Extraordinary Musical Prodigy

by Kevin Bazzana

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Lost Genius: The Curious and Tragic Story of an Extraordinary Musical Prodigy by Kevin Bazzana

Born in 1903, pianist Ervin Nyiregyházi was the subject of the first book devoted to the scientific study of a single prodigy. By twenty-five he had all but disappeared. Mismanaged, exploited, and unfashionably romantic, his career floundered in adulthood. He drank heavily, married ten times, and was reduced to penury, sometimes living on the subway. He settled in Los Angeles where he performed sporadically, counting many of Holly-wood's elite among his friends, including Gloria Swanson, a likely lover. Rediscovered in the 1970s, he enjoyed a sensational and controversial renaissance, before slipping back into obscurity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786731626
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kevin Bazzana is the author of Wondrous Strange, a biography of Glenn Gould, winner of the Toronto Book Award and an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He lives in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.

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