To Play Again: A Memoir of Musical Survival

To Play Again: A Memoir of Musical Survival

by Carol Rosenberger
To Play Again: A Memoir of Musical Survival

To Play Again: A Memoir of Musical Survival

by Carol Rosenberger


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At age twenty-one, while she was working with the legendary Nadia Boulanger in France, concert pianist Carol Rosenberger was stricken with paralytic polio—a condition that knocked out the very muscles she needed in order to play. But Rosenberger refused to give up. Over the next ten years, against all medical advice, she struggled to rebuild her technique and regain her life as a musician—and went on to not only play again, but to receive critical acclaim for her performances and recordings. Beautifully written and deeply inspiring, To Play Again is Rosenberger’s chronicle of making possible the seemingly impossible: overcoming career-ending hardships to perform again.

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ISBN-13: 9781631523267
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

“Ravishing, elegant pianism” wrote The New York Times of American pianist Carol Rosenberger, whose four-decade concert career is represented by over thirty recordings on the Delos label. Many are enduring favorites worldwide, and have brought her a Grammy Award nomination, Gramophone’s Critic’s Choice Award, Stereo Review’s Best Classical Compact Disc, and Billboard’s All Time Great Recording. Rosenberger has been the subject of articles in many leading newspapers and magazines, and as an artist teacher, was a faculty member of the University of Southern California and gave performance workshops nationwide. With Delos founder Amelia Haygood, Carol coproduced many recordings by world-class artists. After Haygood’s death in 2007, Carol became the label’s director.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Chopin Interrupted 1

Chapter 2 The Attack 6

Chapter 3 The Unthinkable 21

Chapter 4 A View from the Broom Closet 31

Chapter 5 Dreams, Sun, and Pain 42

Chapter 6 "Household Gods" and the Oracle of Paris 55

Chapter 7 Kinship with a Damaged City 77

Chapter 8 Struggling Forward in Vienna 96

Chapter 9 Clarity in Copenhagen 117

Chapter 10 Webster, Santa Fe, and the Move West 139

Chapter 11 Amelia and the Death-Defying Leap 159

Chapter 12 The First Miracle 186

Chapter 13 Back Onstage, and Heartbreak in LA 199

Chapter 14 Hope Hopkins and the Second Miracle 214

Chapter 15 A Time of Triumph and Transition 228

Chapter 16 Carnegie Hall and Amelia's Brainstorm 242

Chapter 17 Braving the Microphone-and a Tragic Loss 258

Chapter 18 A Concert and Recording Diary 269

Chapter 19 New Frontiers 284

Chapter 20 My Walk with Beethoven 293

Chapter 21 To Everything There Is a Season 299

Acknowledgments 329

Quotes from Recording Reviews 331

Carol Rosenberger Discography 333

About the Author 337

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