MYRA HESS: By Her Friends by Denise- Compiled by Lassimonne

MYRA HESS: By Her Friends

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Not in any sense a biography,"" nor a full account of the renowned English pianist's career, but a collection of reminiscences that touch upon the nature of both the woman and the artist. Life-long friend Irene Scharrer notes her willingness to sacrifice everything for her music, Clare Mackail characterizes her sincerity and humility, her desire ""to get a little nearer to the Truth."" Denise Lassimonne writes of her relationship with her teacher, Tobias Matthay, Sir Adrian Boult on conducting for her; Anita Gunn and Bruce Simonds tell of Myra in America, Sir Paul Mason of Myra in Holland (and bravely facing her crippling arthritis), Howard Ferguson of perhaps her greatest hour, which stretched out for six years-the National Gallery Concerts initiated in wartime; etc. Appendices list honorary degrees, works played at the National Gallery Concerts, discography. A tasteful memorial.

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 1967
Publisher: Vanguard