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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell Press; New edition edition (20 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843831600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843831600
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A delight and a revelation...She writes with Schubertian intimacy, modesty and grace. INDEPENDENT (Boyd Tonkin)This book reveals (Tomes') talents as a writer, too, one with a capacity for imaginative enquiry and a gift for the telling phrase... as natural and compelling a communicator in words as she is in music. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE Professional musicians will sigh with recognition at page after page; readers...will have their eyes opened to the realities of the performer's life. I found the book absolutely enthralling. CLASSICAL MUSICFor more words on music, consider a wonderful book by pianist Susan Tomes of the Florestan Trio...Just reissued in paperback, Beyond the Notes is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the life of the touring concert artist. Her words are intimate and insightful, and her gentle frankness charms as she chronicles the role of the collaborative pianist. ANN ARBOR NEWS (Susan Isaacs Nisbett)

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SUSAN TOMES, alongside her packed concert schedule, is a frequent contributor, on music and other subjects, to the Guardian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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I have been a fan of Susan Tomes and her trio's prize-winning recordings for several years, and when Gramophone magazine had a laudatory review of her new book, "Beyond the Notes", it was irresistible. So I bought it, and devoured it ravenously over the course of 3 days. I don't think that the review did the book justice: I think that it's one of the most remarkable books on music that I have ever read. It has so much: musical insights and useful points for the non-professional player, humor, colorful descriptions of personalities, insights about teaching, learning a piece, rehearsing, the nature of audiences, extramusical considerations in performance, etc. I marked dozens of places in the book, and listed the pages with the marks so I can return to them often. Over and above all this, the book conveys the passion for excellence and the love of music that sustained the author and her partners in the most difficult times. Splendid and riveting. A must read for music-lovers and players.
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Susan Tomes writes very well.
It is fascinating to find a musician willing to share so much with her public.
I particularly enjoyed the chapters about her teachers.
This would make a great gift for anyone who is learning to perform music before an audience, or for a chamber-music-lover.
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I have been a fan of Susan Tomes and her trio's prize-winning recordings for several years, and when Gramophone magazine had a laudatory review of her new book, "Beyond the Notes", it was irresistible. So I bought it, and devoured it ravenously over the course of 3 days. I don't think that the review did the book justice: I think that it's one of the most remarkable books on music that I have ever read. It has so much: musical insights and useful points for the non-professional player, humor, colorful descriptions of personalities, insights about teaching, learning a piece, rehearsing, the nature of audiences, extramusical considerations in performance, etc. I marked dozens of places in the book, and listed the pages with the marks so I can return to them often. Over and above all this, the book conveys the passion for excellence and the love of music that sustained the author and her partners in the most difficult times. Splendid and riveting. A must read for music-lovers and players.
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Part autobiogaphical but containing excellent ,perceptive comments on the qualities of chamber music and the difficulties in preparing performance. As a pianist in chamber music, I empathised with her. The later chapters on various aspects of performance were particularly interesting.
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HASH(0x92a95cd8) out of 5 stars Remarkable account of the professional chamber music life 2 Aug. 2004
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I have been a fan of Susan Tomes and her trio's prize-winning recordings for several years, and when Gramophone magazine had a laudatory review of her new book, "Beyond the Notes", it was irresistible. So I bought it, and devoured it ravenously over the course of 3 days. I don't think that the review did the book justice: I think that it's one of the most remarkable books on music that I have ever read. It has so much: musical insights and useful points for the non-professional player, humor, colorful descriptions of personalities, insights about teaching, learning a piece, rehearsing, the nature of audiences, extramusical considerations in performance, etc. I marked dozens of places in the book, and listed the pages with the marks so I can return to them often. Over and above all this, the book conveys the passion for excellence and the love of music that sustained the author and her partners in the most difficult times. Splendid and riveting. A must read for music-lovers and players.
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HASH(0x926f7ec4) out of 5 stars domus/florestan 31 Oct. 2010
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Although I enjoyed the book because of my listening association with both Domus and the Florestan Trio, I thougth there was an excess of philosophising and that made it heavy going in some parts of the book. I regret that in my numerous visits to the UK in the 80's and 90's I never coincided with a concert by either of the chamber groups.
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