Musical Prodigies

Musical Prodigies

Perilous Journeys, Remarkable Lives

Book - 1998
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Hal Leonard
(Amadeus). What must it be like to start composing music at age two and create an opera at age ten as Samuel Barber did? Or to go deaf at age eight and yet become a world-renowned percussionist as Evelyn Glennie has? This book is a celebration of the remarkable lives of 44 musical prodigies from the 18th century to the present, including the amazing stories of Mozart and Paganini, Andres Segovia and Samuel Barber, Van Cliburn and Ruggiero Ricci and Jacqueline du Pre and Yo-Yo Ma, to name only a few. The author explores early family life, first teachers, the importance of peers and the inevitable struggles for independence and acceptance as an adult musician.

Book News
Kenneson (professor emeritus, music, University of Alberta) explores the lives of 44 musical prodigies from the 18th century to the present, including Mozart, Paganini, Segovia, Glenn Gould, and others. He brings insights from his own experiences in teaching and nurturing prodigies among his own students to bear on the topic, examining such questions as what burdens early success places on young prodigies, what issues of exploitation must be guarded against, and what constitutes the most nurturing environment for prodigious gifts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9781574670462
Branch Call Number: 780.87 KENNE
Characteristics: 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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