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The Virtuoso Teacher (Improve Your Teaching) (Faber Edition: Improve Your Teaching!)
The Virtuoso Teacher (Improve Your Teaching) (Faber Edition: Improve Your Teaching!)
by Paul Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Virtuoso publication!, 29 April 2012
Paul Harris' Virtuoso book on The Virtuoso Teacher is, very clearly, the most comprehensive, connected approach I have come across in 20 years as a Head of Music; it may look like a slender volume but is jam-packed with the most stimulating, vibrant, encouraging and refreshing reading ever! The warm, approachable style is highly engaging, yet expresses simply and profoundly the differences between amazing teaching and...well...anything less. Whether you're a Virtuoso Teacher already or perhaps just starting out, this book will help everyone scale new musical heights!
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Malcolm Arnold - Rogue Genius: The Life and Music of Britain's Most Misunderstood Composer
Malcolm Arnold - Rogue Genius: The Life and Music of Britain's Most Misunderstood Composer
by Anthony Meredith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.99

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous read!, 15 Nov 2004
This is the most illuminating and refreshing musical biography of Malcolm Arnold, ever. It not only captures what other biographies have missed (the significance of women in the composer's life and the uncomfortable detail of his mental illness), one senses a survey of the greatest magnitude; reporting a most difficult, extreme life with completeness, sensitivity, balance and integrity. This book clearly connects the 'Rogue' to the 'Genius' in a way that has never been achieved before in composer biography. The real Malcolm is allowed to shine through. There is also fabulous musical detail - neither 'soft-pedalling' nor boring intellectual ramble! Instead we are left with a hugely memorable, emotional read; deep empathy with the man, and inspiration to go out and buy the music.
I note that one reviewer seems to paint the book entirely negatively; indeed making not a single positive point. Did they read the book properly? It is certainly not sordid and dirty, nor is it a little book! To suggest that the book is a sloppy piece of research is most revealing - how can the reviewer know this without considerable knowledge of the composers? Does Mr. Weems have an axe to grind? Malcolm himself was frequently dogged by poor reviews and this kind of 'received' spin. By contrast 'Rogue Genius' is an immensely significant contribution that will ultimately serve to bring Malcolm's music to true recognition, now long overdue.


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