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Alfred Brendel is one of the jewels of of music and art, of our times and perhaps for decades and centuries to come. To have his recordings and see him in concerts are great gifts, therefore to find that he has also written books sparked a natural curiosity in me to find out more, Because of what I knew already of his witty and insightful character, I wasn't at all surprised that I found his book very absorbing, His essay on Mozart solo piano works, for example, is outstanding in revealing even more about the great composer's methods than i thought I knew. Also his view of the context of those works in the massive solo piano repertoire, are very enlightening. Of course he covers many other composers, and not just piano music. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert to name just a few, are included too. You can dip in and out of this book as a refence, but it easily also works read in sequence.

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With the release of the Kindle edition, this book deserves the full 5 stars
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on 29 January 2012
Having seen him play 18 times at least his perceptions of music compare with his exemplary playing. I wanted to have the book to find out the opinions of someone that I admire greatly. Brendel has a great wit and enthusiasm and would be a very fine person to have a conversation with.
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on 1 February 2015
Very pleased, thank you
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on 28 February 2011
This is a very instructing book of witty and learned essays by one of the most important pianists of the XX century. Absolutely suggested!
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on 30 October 2011
the book itself, content is fine. just what my wife wanted. however, the condition of the book was not great. the edging was stained, and looked far from brand new. regret having given it, but once given, couldnt return and complain. i will think twice before ordering again.
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