Music-Study in Germany: From the Home Correspondence of Amy Fay Paperback – 30 Nov 2005
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The book was originally published in 1880 and then re-printed because it became rather popular with not just musical students but those interested in the personages involved and Ms. Fay being in the right place at the right time so to speak where she saw the public performances of these personages and rendered rather interesting impressions.
Basically it's a 'letters home' kind of narrative [American coming to Europe to study piano] written between November 1869 and May 1875. Fay herself being a 25 year old piano student but coming into contact with those folks of whom various and sundry tomes have been written.
A 'being there' adventure albeit one easily extended to that of the reader. It's not by coincidence that Amazon records readers going on to books about Liszt, Clara Schumann, Wagner, et al, because the interest in same is thoroughly 'generated' from the Fay book to do just that! One could almost feel they drift back in time via the narrative and watch as the action unfolds yet the text is not only true but written with an exuberance of a piano student exposed to various and sundry who subsequently became legends. I mean, hey, Franz Liszt --- could you go back in time, what, you would not desire input on your playing from the 'master' himself! I'd even risk that famous Franz Liszt 'stare' should he hear 'my' renditions of his pieces if only to say I had the 'opportunity' or to ONCE hear his famous expression, "May I play it for you?", 'especially' if I took one or two of his Hungarian Rhapsodies [#2 and #6 my particular favorites] and commenced to assault them forthwith while attempting to 'argue' [if such a thing was possible] with Liszt that it was at least not of the intentional or premeditated variety!
Roughly 350 pages [depending on print edition and publisher] but well worth the 'ride' and 'tag along' with Amy Fay.
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