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The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations
 
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The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations [Format Kindle]

Zhu Xiao-Mei , Ellen Hinsey
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Zhu Xiao-Mei was born to middle-class parents in post-war China, and her musical proficiency became clear at an early age. Taught to play the piano by her mother, she developed quickly into a prodigy, immersing herself in the work of classical masters like Bach and Brahms. She was just ten years old when she began a rigorous course of study at the Beijing Conservatory, laying the groundwork for what was sure to be an extraordinary career. But in 1966, when Xiao-Mei was seventeen, the Cultural Revolution began, and life as she knew it changed forever. One by one, her family members were scattered, sentenced to prison or labor camps. By 1969, the art schools had closed, and Xiao-Mei was on her way to a work camp in Mongolia, where she would spend the next five years. Life in the camp was nearly unbearable, thanks to horrific living conditions and intensive brainwashing campaigns. Yet through it all Xiao-Mei clung to her passion for music and her sense of humor. And when the Revolution ended, it was the piano that helped her to heal. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, The Secret Piano is the incredible true story of one woman’s survival in the face of unbelievable odds—and in pursuit of a powerful dream.

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Zhu Xiao-Mei was born in Shanghai, China. She began playing the piano when she was a young child, and by the age of eight was performing for Peking radio and television stations. She entered the Beijing Conservatory when she was ten years old, but her education was interrupted by the Cultural Revolution. After five years in a labor camp in Mongolia, she returned to China, before moving on to the United States and finally Paris, France, where she has lived and worked since 1984. She teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and has performed for audiences on six continents. She is one of the world’s most celebrated interpreters of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

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Zhu Xiao-Mei, a superb pianist, tells the story of her life, as a young person during the Culteral Revolution and survivor of forced re-education, as a struggling musician who suffers a late start, and a young adult attempting to find her place in the world while lacking the emotional stability of a normal childhood. A fascinating account. The translation by poet Ellen HInsey reads beautifully. This book has been my first choice as a present for my music-loving friends.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Preferably for musicians 7 février 2014
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More interested in History than in Art, I found this book just ok. There were too many references to works and musicians, the author lives for Music, breathes Music...I ended up skipping whole parts in the book. I wish the parts about the life in Mao's camps and prisons were more developed.
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Par M. Livre
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Vraiment très instructif et comme j'ai entendu la pianiste en concert, on comprend mieux sa timidité malgré son immense talent.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 If Music Be the Food of Love... 19 mai 2013
Par mishmish
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A great read, interesting, informative and uplifting. The great love affair in this book is the love of music which is symbolized by the piano which the young girl and her mother own and which plays a role in the development of the story and of the character of Zhu, the protagonist. We also learn a lot about youthful attitudes and events during the Mao years, the camps, the hardships and the resilience of the young girl caught up in the brutalities of the regime. Maturity came with leaving the camp, facing the illusions she had lived with about the political situation and her continuing ambition to become an acclaimed musician.
We can only marvel at the strength of human nature and the ability to overcome physical and mental violence and reach peace within oneself.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un roman depaysant 19 avril 2013
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Tres joli livre sur un sujet difficile. Une belle lecon de vie qui peut triompher de tout si on essaie
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