EVERYONE IS SOMEONE by Fifi Monteux

EVERYONE IS SOMEONE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Pierre Monteux' tres chic and tres sophisticated poodle tells about her life with the Maitre in a nippy yet discreet memoir. One suspects that her amanuensis is Mme. Doris, third wife of the Maitre, and indeed the most telling moments -- a fantastic introduction to Richard Strauss and a heart-tearing farewell to Maurice Ravel-- are told in Madame's own quoted words. Such shared moments are a part of a souffle of encounters with renowned musicians -- Milstein, Munch, Marian Anderson, Rudolf Serkin among them as their paths cross that of the Maitre in his later years. Devotees will look for such treasures as a memorable Atlantic Crossing when Maestro Toscanini and Maitre Monteux whipped a magic musicianly moment of the moon and memories of Pelleas and Mellsande. One could wish for more such and that Mme. Doris had spoken for herself. Fifi, who is sixteen and hopes to see Chevaller, her greatest love, once more before she is too aged, does tell us a good deal about Monteux' later life in Hancock, Maine, and the ""domain of the great pine"", of his school for conductors, his gourmet fare, his appreciation of the celebration of his eightieth birthday. Still her charm is on the , and the result is an amusing and teasing but not very revealing divertissement.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1962
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy