By Frank Conroy
As a boy, Claude Rawlings seems to be up during the grated window of his basement house to observe the realm cross through. bad, lonely, supported via a taxi-driver mom whose eccentricities spin increasingly more uncontrolled, he faces the poor job of becoming up at the margins of existence, destined to be a spectator of that groovy international continually hurrying out of achieve. yet there's an out-of-tune piano within the small condominium, and in unlocking the secrets and techniques of its keys, as though by means of magic, Claude discovers himself. he's a musical prodigy. physique & Soul is the tale of a tender guy whose existence is reworked via a present. The present isn't with no fee — the paintings is relentless, the academics exacting — however the gift is a trip that takes him to the drawing rooms of the wealthy and strong, inner most faculties, a gilt-edged marriage, and Carnegie corridor. Claude strikes via this existence as though he have been enjoying a tricky composition, swept up in its drama and stress, stunned by means of its grace notes. track, right here, turns into a personality in its personal correct, equaled in energy purely by means of the song of Frank Conroy's personal unmistakable and precise voice.
Bristling with personality and invention, physique & Soul is Dickensian in its diversity and richness. this can be a novel with all of the emotional charm and ethical gravity of a vintage bildungsroman, yet with a tone as modern as a jazz riff—an unforgettable success by means of one of many nice writers of our time.
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267 p. Originally published Paris: Felix Mean, 1925. C54 B531 1927 A biography of Chopin with some discussion of his music inserted into the narrative of his life. Provides short musical examples. Makes reference to letters, concerts, and contemporary musical events. Includes a list of works and a bibliography. 79. Kennedy. Chopin: The Child and the Lad. London: Methuen, 1925. 91 p. C54 U6 Biographical information is limited to Chopin’s childhood. The facts of his life are greatly elaborated into a narrative.
Greenwood Press, 1983. C54 F74 Essays cover Chopin’s role in the history of Polish music and the American events of the Chopin centennial. Addresses the role of Delfina Potocka in Chopin’s life. Uses excerpts from letters in the section explaining Chopin’s thoughts on music and other musicians (written by Sydow). 89. Wierzynski, Casimir. The Life and Death of Chopin. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949. 444 p. C54 W5 90. Wierzynski, Kazimierz. Zycie Chopina [The life of Chopin]. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1978.
134. Correspondance de Frédéric Chopin. Ed. Bronislaw Edward Sydow. Paris: Richard-Masse, 1953–1960. 3 vols. 324, 416, 479 p. Reprint, Paris: Revue musicale, 1981. C54A283 I. L’aube 1816–1831, 324 p. II. L’ascension, 1831–1840, 416 p. III. Lagloire, 1840–1849, 479 p. Review: Michael Stegemann, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 146, no. 4 (April 1985):57–58. All letters are presented in French. Includes indices of names and places. 135. Jachimecki, Zdzislaw, ed. Wybór listów [Selected letters]. Wroclaw: Wydawnictwo Zakladu Narodowego imienia Ossolinskich, 1949.
Body & Soul by Frank Conroy