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By Carol Montparker

Those intensely own and perceptive essays discover the author's lifestyles as a pianist - working towards, appearing, educating and writing - yet they can be the options and reflections of any artist. They recount the demanding situations, rewards and joys of her studies in her selected career.

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Neither would the novel be savored, nor would I notice the little threadbare places that needed technical reweaving here and there; the alternate fingering or approach that might suggest itself with full devotion to the task, would all be lost. I have never practiced more than three or four hours in a day. " Besides, I strongly feel that you get diminishing returns after four hours, and that relates to how much one's body and mind can absorb. " Arthur Rubinstein once declared that the arrival of a chambermaid in the hotel room where he was practicing in- Page 28 stantly changed his focus; from that moment he was playing to her.

Dash said he withdrew from the music world because he did not have the stomach for it. " This last remark was uttered as he flung an imaginary Page 37 glob of paint from an imaginary brush with a violent flick of the wrist. Both arts offer up hard surfaces: the canvas is an obdurate thing, and the piano keys are also hard. The energy that goes toward transforming the hard surfaces into soft, round tones or strokes can be exasperating, and therein lies the challenge. " If the tensions of the pianist are oppressively public, is there anything in the painter's lot to compare with the exhilaration of having performed a successful concert?

This last remark was uttered as he flung an imaginary Page 37 glob of paint from an imaginary brush with a violent flick of the wrist. Both arts offer up hard surfaces: the canvas is an obdurate thing, and the piano keys are also hard. The energy that goes toward transforming the hard surfaces into soft, round tones or strokes can be exasperating, and therein lies the challenge. " If the tensions of the pianist are oppressively public, is there anything in the painter's lot to compare with the exhilaration of having performed a successful concert?

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