Play It Again

Play It Again

An Amateur Against the Impossible

Book - 2013
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Despite the demands of the 24-hour news cycle and the breaking of two remarkable news stories (i.e., WikiLeaks and the "News of the World" hacking scandal), Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger set himself an almost impossible task: to learn, in the space of a year, Chopin's Ballade No.1, a piece with passages that demand outstanding feats of dexterity, control, memory and power.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,, 2013
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9780374232917
Characteristics: 403 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 17, 2015

This is really inspirational! Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger demonstrates how devoting even just 20 minutes per day to an amateur passion (in this case playing the piano) can sustain one amidst a busy routine. There is lots of technical detail for the music enthusiast alongside fascinating insights into his journalistic and editorial career with the Guardian newspaper. I particularly loved his inclusion of Chopin's complete G Minor Ballade score with notes for reference while reading the text.

Dec 26, 2014

Well written and riveting, mainly because of the context and insight to the historical news being made as the author navigates his formidable and admirable challenge of editing and performing a Chopin Ballade.


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