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  • Hardcover: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571228836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571228836
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I found myself completely enthralled by each thought-provoking
entry ... Wise, contentious and questioning' -- Book of the Month, Classic FM Magazine, October 2006

'Tomes' wonderfully indulgent book capitalises on her first-hand
appreciation of music ... Engaging and honest' -- Book Review, Scotland on Sunday, September 2006

'Very readable ... A Musician's Alphabet deserves a readership way
beyong the usual niche market. Let's hope it gets it' -- Book Review, BBC Music Magazine, October 2006

`easily digestible reflections on issues affecting a classical
musician.' -- Herald Books of the Year Herald Books of the Year

About the Author

Susan Tomes is an acclaimed pianist specialising in chamber music and long popular with audiences as the pianist of Domus and of the Florestan Trio. Her book Beyond the Notes (Boydell and Brewer) was published in 2004 to great critical acclaim. She writes from time to time for The Guardian and for several music magazines, and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 17 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
This would make a good gift book for a musician. It is a tactile book. Nice cover, red endpapers and a size that fits snuggly into your hand.

The content is pretty good too. My favourite entry was Job(not a proper)where she explains how despite being an accomplished classical musician noone seems to take her work very seriously. In Y for youngsters she talks about musicians who have worked hard since childhood experiencing some sort of burnout.

I suppose I didn't give the book five because sometimes I would like a little more variety, the entries do tend to blend into one another. Also it can read too much like a newspaper column.
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a true gem of a book 6 April 2015
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Elegant, sophisticated, informative, and, first of all, honest. A pure delight to read. Simple but sophisticated. Full of fascinating insights, the book will appeal to both professional musicians and "non-playing" music lovers. The author avoids the self-centered, quasi-sophisticated and elitist tone that books about classical music frequently have. I am looking forward to reading Ms. Tomes' other books.
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