Play It Again

Play It Again

An Amateur Against the Impossible

Book - 2013
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The editor of the Guardian newspaper gave himself one year to learn Chopin's Ballade no. 1 in g minor, arguably one of the most difficult Romantic pieces in the repertory.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
Edition: 1st American edition
ISBN: 9780374232917
Characteristics: 403 pages : illustrations, music ; 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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