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Me of all people : Alfred Brendel in conversation with Martin Meyer

Author: Alfred Brendel; Martin Meyer
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""I was not a child prodigy; indeed, I had none of the requisite qualities for making a successful career." This "shortcoming" has not prevented Alfred Brendel from becoming one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. His solo recitals and appearances with the leading orchestras of the world make him a regular guest in London, Paris, New York, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam, and at the major
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Genre/Form: Interviews
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Named Person: Alfred Brendel; Alfred Brendel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred Brendel; Martin Meyer
ISBN: 0801440998 9780801440991
OCLC Number: 50004521
Notes: Translation of: Ausgerechnet ich.
Originally published in German: Carl Hanser Verlag, c2001.
Description: 275 p. ; 25 cm.
Other Titles: Ausgerechnet ich.
Responsibility: translated by Richard Stokes.

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""I was not a child prodigy; indeed, I had none of the requisite qualities for making a successful career." This "shortcoming" has not prevented Alfred Brendel from becoming one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. His solo recitals and appearances with the leading orchestras of the world make him a regular guest in London, Paris, New York, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam, and at the major European and American music festivals.".

"In a series of dialogues with Martin Meyer, Brendel speaks about his life, the development of his career, his music-making, his travels, his poems and essays; about his childhood in Zagreb, adolescence in Graz, and experiences as a young man in Vienna ("I was in Vienna, but I was never a 'genuine' Viennese"); about literature, painting, architecture, and kitsch.".

"Brendel talks about the freedoms and obligations of a performer and discusses the work of musicians who have fascinated him - Alfred Cortot, Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Wilhelm Kempff and Bruno Walter - and those who have irritated him, as did Glenn Gould. The conversations between Brendel and Meyer are both serious and witty. Me of All People abounds in amusing anecdotes and contains penetrating insights into the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Busoni, and Schoenberg."--BOOK JACKET.

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