PADEREWSKI by Charles Phillips


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A definitive life of Paderewski the artist and patriot. Not an intimate portrait of Paderewski the man, except as you get him through his two passions, and through his friendship for all the world, and in particular for his family and friends, his audiences and managers and fellow artists. A lovable portrait of a great figure in modern life. And an absorbingly interesting story of the rebirth of the new Poland, with Paderewski her champion in the world courts. You feel the essential bigness of the ideal he has before him, and his willingness to sacrifice himself in every way for the consummation of that ideal. A stirring sort of book, though one could wish for more of the anecdotal material which gives it color and verve and emotional power. There is enough of Paderewski's musical technique to make the book of practical inspiration to the young musician and of interest to the musical critic. But not so much as to discourage anyone not versed in technicalities and seeking simply the story of the man.

Pub Date: Jan. 23rd, 1934
Publisher: Macmillan