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In The Key of Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini Hardcover – 3 May 2007
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"A moving account of an incredibly gifted pianist" (Mail on Sunday)
"Nobody can really "know'' Paravicini since he is locked in his own world ... What Ockelford demonstrates is that it is possible to make such an insular world fulfilling, and the contemplation of this can touch the rest of us. That, in itself, is a considerable achievement." (Daily Telegraph)
"Ockelford tells his story well. No one else ... could have explained Derek in quite the same way." (Daily Mail) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
Autistic and unable to care for himself, Derek Paravicini is also a musical genius. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.See all Product description
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This book is a description of just how that was done for Derek Paravicini - a sensitive and awe-inspiring account which doesn't gloss over the difficulties, but ends on a truly uplifting note.
Despite his unfortunate start in life, Derek was lucky in some respects - that his family, wanting the best for him, called on his devoted nanny who came out of retirement to look after the disabled child she called her "blessing", and that a little later Fate should decree that he cross paths with Adam Ockelford, the professor of music specialised in working with blind children, who wrote this book. I don't think there could have been a better person to be Derek's mentor - with the musical knowledge to understand his talent, yet with the patience and experience to deal with his disability. Derek's verbal communication is limited, but Prof. Ockelford can "talk" to him through music, one of the most remarkable instances in the book being when he gently cajoles Derek out of a teenage tantrum, purely through communicating with him on the piano. Astounding!
You can actually hear Derek play by looking him up on "You Tube" , and see him in some everyday situations, which as Prof. Ockelford mentions in the book, demonstrate some of his difficulties without demeaning him. The severely disabled child now appears to be a charming (and rather handsome!) young man, with quite a personality and even a sense of humour - although I'm not sure if the latter was intentional! His prodigious but sometimes eccentric ability has been carefully channelled into a form which is fulfilling for both him and us and is a credit to all those who have devoted their lives to helping him.
The only reason for giving 4 stars instead of 5 was that at times I found the almost self-righteousness of the author rather irritating; at times I felt the book was written, not only to describe the amazing life of Derek, but also to proclaim his own virtues as a teacher. Indeed, Adam Ockelford certainly is a wonderful teacher and mentor, but I should have been happier had he not seen fit to decry other teachers who, like all of us, were no doubt doing their best at the time.
This aside, the book is certainly a fascinating read. I have recommended it to many people.
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