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Grace Notes for a Year: Stories of Hope, Humor and Hubris from the World of Classical Music
by Norman Gilliland
University of Wisconsin Press, 2003
Paper: 978-0-9715093-0-6
Library of Congress Classification ML65.G55 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 780

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

This irresistible collection of stories is perfect for anyone interested in a fresh perspective on what it means to be a human being who creates art. Grace Notes for a Year sheds light on the fragile and perilous process of inspiration, composition, and performance required to create classical music, whether the final product is a masterpiece or a mess. Each page of the book corresponds to a different day of the year and features a true story about a famous figure in musical history. These delightful anecdotes—inspirational, informative, and often hilarious—disprove the myth of the artist as untouchable. Instead, Norman Gilliland exposes in them human vulnerability we can all relate to. From Beethoven to Wagner, these artists suffered from poverty, spent lazy days in bed, had scandalous love affairs, and often failed in their creative endeavors as often as they succeeded.


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