[f_minor] Is this list still working?

Emilio Toro emilio.toro at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 29 16:27:19 MDT 2022

CODA, Not a book, but a beautiful movie about how an ageing pianist confronts the trials and tribulations of growing old. With Patrick Stewart and Katie Holmes (2019).

Bach and Beethoven’s music  feature prominently [alas no Gould].

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> On Jun 29, 2022, at 5:01 PM, Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> wrote:
> Hi Anne - thanks for the mystery story reference. (I omitted one of your
> two posts about it, since they seemed to be duplicates. Future messages
> from your new critteranne address should go through without delay.)
> As for the list - it is still here. There have been no posts since
> February.
> I can't think of any particular mystery novels revolving around
> classical music (thanks for the pointer to that bookrio list), but there
> are two non-mystery novels that come to mind.
> 1) (2022) The Great Passion, by James Runcie, about Silbermann's son
> going top live in Bach's Leipzig household. A novel, but details are
> accurate as far as I know.
> 2) (1991) The Gold Bug Variations, by Richard Powers. Probably many
> people here already know about it. It was one of the earlier novels with
> a GG-like character, though he is never named. Powers is not to
> everyone's taste, for sure, but I've greatly enjoyed all his books.
> Heck, as long as I'm here, let me mention two nonfiction books also:
> 1) (2022) Every Good Boy Does Fine, by Jeremy Denk. A memoir. GG is
> mentioned only a couple of times, not especially flatteringly, and
> Denk's career (competition-based, etc.) is more or less the opposite of
> GG's, but that's ok :). I still thought it was an excellent memoir, with
> lots of interesting musical stuff, besides the personal stuff.
> 2) (2005) Evening in the Palace of Reason, by James Gaines. A
> comparative history of Frederick the Great and JSB, more or less
> culminating in Bach's famous visit to Frederick's palace, resulting in
> the Musical Offering. Some interesting historical stuff putting some of
> the apocrypha about the visit in perspective.
> By the way, I recently re-listened to Penny Johnson's Inventions. She
> was inspired by Gould and wrote an essay about the works.
> https://furthernorth.blog/2018/02/24/do-it-differently-he-said/
> (I think I came across her originally through the GG Foundation, so
> thanks, Foundation. :)
> Happy reading and piano-ing to all,
> Karl

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