Anna Goldsworthy was nine years old when she met Eleanora Sivan, the charismatic Russian emigre and world-class pianist who became her piano teacher. "Piano Lessons "is the story of what Mrs. Sivan brought to Anna's lessons: a love of music, a respect for life, a generous spirit, and the courage to embrace a musical life.Beautifully written and ...
Anna Goldsworthy was nine years old when she met Eleanora Sivan, the charismatic Russian emigre and world-class pianist who became her piano teacher. "Piano Lessons "is the story of what Mrs. Sivan brought to Anna's lessons: a love of music, a respect for life, a generous spirit, and the courage to embrace a musical life.Beautifully written and strikingly honest, "Piano Lessons "takes the reader on a journey into the heart and meaning of music. As Anna discovers passion and ambition, confronts doubt and disappointment, and learns about much more than tone and technique, Mrs. Sivan's wisdom guides her: ""We are not teaching piano playing. We are teaching philosophy and life and music digested." "What is intuition? Knowledge that has come inside.""""My darling, we must sit and work."""Piano Lessons "reminds us all how an extraordinary teacher can change a life completely. A work that will appeal to all music lovers and anyone who has ever taken a music lesson, "Piano Lessons "will also touch the heart of anyone who has ever loved a teacher.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-08-16 Australian pianist Goldsworthy was nine years old when she began instruction with the renowned Russian pianist Eleonora Sivan, now relocated to Adelaide. Their pupil-master relationship grew and deepened over the next decade, rendered here in serene, clear, elegant prose, as Goldsworthy, the child of two doctors and musicians, blossomed into a stunning stage force and a vessel of Sivan's deeply intuitive music instruction. Over her meticulous stages of instruction, Sivan took on each composer in turn-Bach was like God, she noted, offering "peace, of course, and bells," while Mozart was like Midas, "every sound he touches turns into song"-and Goldsworthy tidily arranges her memoir according to their embarking on these composers' works, from Shostakovich to Liszt. At first Sivan did not believe that Goldsworthy had the "emotional freedom" to be a concert pianist. However, the youth proved her wrong by incorporating her teacher's radiant artistry and coming to feel the joy of playing. Moreover, after earning top prizes and attaining her dream of playing a Beethoven concerto with a full orchestra, Goldsworthy returned the gift of music by teaching, as per Sivan's ministrations, and composing to her teacher this rich, heartfelt tribute. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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