Autor: Alan Rusbridger
ISBN-13: 9780099554745
Einband: Taschenbuch
Seiten: 416
Gewicht: 382 g
Format: 196x128x30 mm
Sprache: Englisch

Play it Again

An Amateur Against the Impossible

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The Guardian editor's account of a remarkable musical challenge during an extraordinary year for news.
The Guardian editor's account of a remarkable musical challenge during an extraordinary year for news.
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In 2010, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian , set himself an almost impossible task: to learn, in the space of a year, Chopin's Ballade No. 1 - a piece that inspires dread in many professional pianists.

His timing could have been better.

The next twelve months were to witness the Arab Spring, the Japanese tsunami, the English riots, and the Guardian 's breaking of both WikiLeaks and the News of the World hacking scandal.

In the midst of this he carved out twenty minutes' practice a day - even if that meant practising in a Libyan hotel in the middle of a revolution as well as gaining insights and advice from an array of legendary pianists, theorists, historians and neuroscientists, and even occasionally from secretaries of state.

But was he able to play the piece in time?
Autor: Alan Rusbridger
Alan Rusbridger is Editor in Chief of the Guardian and a keen amateur musician. After reading English at Cambridge he started on a local newspaper and tried his hand at a range of journalistic jobs - including reporter, columnist, critic, foreign correspondent, magazine editor, features editor and, from 1995, editor. During his time editing the Guardian the paper has won numerous awards and has grown to be one of the three largest online newspapers in the world. He led the paper's coverage of the secret WikiLeaks cables and the Guardian 's campaign to get at the truth about phone hacking, which led to numerous resignations, the closure of the News of the World and the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the British press.
As a boy, he was a cathedral chorister, a reasonable orchestral clarinetist and a very mediocre pianist. He failed to be a world-class conductor, abandoned the organ and put his clarinets in the attic. In his mid 40s he restarted piano lessons and tried to make up for more than 30 years of missing technique. Since then, he has moved from 'very mediocre' to 'mediocre'.

Find out more about Alan and the Ballade at alanrusbridger.com

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Autor: Alan Rusbridger
ISBN-13:: 9780099554745
ISBN: 0099554747
Verlag: Random House UK, Vintage, London
Gewicht: 382g
Seiten: 416
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 196x128x30 mm