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One finger too many

Author: Alfred Brendel; Richard Stokes
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"A master of the piano, Alfred Brendel here turns in a deft performance as poet, building fantastic little "word machines" of extraordinary tensile strength. We are drawn immediately into a fun-house world of suspicious but wondrous goings-on: The supernumerary index finger of the pianist in the title poem, we're told, sometimes pointed out "an obstinate cougher in the hall/or emerged from beneath his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brendel, Alfred.
One finger too many.
New York : Random House, ©1998
(OCoLC)647017701
Named Person: Alfred Brendel; Alfred Brendel
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred Brendel; Richard Stokes
ISBN: 0375502939 9780375502934
OCLC Number: 40076587
Description: 68 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Alfred Brendel ; English versions by the author with Richard Stokes.
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"A master of the piano, Alfred Brendel here turns in a deft performance as poet, building fantastic little "word machines" of extraordinary tensile strength. We are drawn immediately into a fun-house world of suspicious but wondrous goings-on: The supernumerary index finger of the pianist in the title poem, we're told, sometimes pointed out "an obstinate cougher in the hall/or emerged from beneath his tailcoat/beckoning a lady in the third row." Elsewhere, Beethoven, disguised as Salieri, poisons a sleeping Mozart and skulks away clutching, forever, Mozart's greatest possession - the key of C minor. And the conceptual artist Christo wraps the Three Tenors on the balcony of La Scala. These constantly surprising poems enchant even as they sting, revealing the light (and dark) side of Alfred Brendel, one of the world's greatest musicians. His followers will have to have this book, but so will anyone who enjoys readable poetry touched by a divine madness." --Book Jacket.

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