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Play It Again: An Amateur Against The Impossible par [Rusbridger, Alan]
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"Extraordinary... Prepare to be inspired" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Bernard Levin once told me that journalism was "half gossip, half obsession, half slog and half madness". If that's true Play it Again is a minor classic from a major hack...it's about a stressed, insanely busy middle-aged person finding time to cultivate a hobby and discovering that his inner fire has been rekindled. That's a lesson we all need." (Richard Morrison The Times)

"As soon as you enter the pages you are hooked, not just by the efforts to overcome this elusive piece through curiousity and courage, but by the clear way in which the diary takes the reader into the murky world of WikiLeaks and the still more polluted waters of phone hacking by News International... Riveting stuff... Play It Again is a hugely enjoyable, touching and informative volume" (Literary Review)

"An absorbing and technically detailed book… Rusbridger is a vivid writer who is able to make the physical experience of playing the piano…very gripping." (Nicholas Kenyon Times Literary Supplement)

"In his page-turning diary, Chopin has to make room for Julian Assange, Leveson and the hacking scandal… This charming, nimble, book argues that a life cannot be too rounded nor a day too full." (Daily Telegraph)

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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?

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital (17 janvier 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Par Anna Fini le 9 septembre 2013
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Very interesting insights into brain plasticity, procedural memory and the role of hobbies in adult life.
Good read, provided you are really into music.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thoroughly Enjoyable 16 juillet 2016
Par eric - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I love music, but I'm not a big classical music fan, and I don't play the piano. But I've really, really enjoyed this book. The gist of the story is that Mr. Rusbridger has a year to learn one of Chopin's most difficult piano pieces, the Ballade No. 1. He only gets to practice for perhaps a half hour a day. How does he do it? He gets a teacher, of course. But he also talks to many, many pianists, including some of the world's top pianists. He also talks to a few neuroscientists to figure out how, for instance, any person can possibly memorize a piece like Chopin's Ballade No. 1. At the same time, I should mention, Rusbridger is editor of the Guardian newspaper--so he's running a newspaper at the same time he's trying to figure out how to play this difficult piece. The lessons that Mr. Rusbridger learns about piano are not limited to the piano, of course, and that's what makes it doubly interesting: any new skill requires similar dedication, and yes, practice does make perfect.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An inspiring and insightful work on balancing vocation and avocation 10 novembre 2014
Par Arthur Sprecher - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Alan Rusbridger’s recount of his quest to master one of the piano repertoire’s most challenging pieces, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor, is a wonderful lens into the challenges and rewards of pursuing a lofty goal that many would see as belonging in the domain of the young.

Two aspects of the narrative were the highlight for me:
1. Alan’s interviews with noteworthy pianists, piano teachers, piano makers, and researchers. Alan’s deftly draws out opinions and insights on the impact of social media on music, what constitutes musicality, how human memory works in the young and old, and how to practice.
2. Insight into the workings of publishing, the impact of social media on publishing, and the background of the Guardian’s breaking of the Wiki Leaks story is fascinating.

The only reason I did not give the book five stars is I found the long, detailed passages on the technical challenges one faces in playing the Ballad overwhelming for this very mediocre pianist. A more accomplished pianist may find Alan’s bar by bar descriptions of fingering options and pedaling much more enjoyable than I.

In conclusion, Alan’s ability to manage his vocation and avocation to squeeze in practice time while working through one of the most demanding periods in his auspicious career is an inspiration for me.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring Read for Pianists 21 août 2015
Par Jim Fritz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am learning to play Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor and was excited to learn about this book. The author is not only an editor for "The Guardian" but also a dedicated amateur pianist. He gave himself a year to learn this piece in his private time away from his work (so did I), and the book chronicles his progress in learning this piece in diary (or journal) form along with the corresponding happenings with his paper ( such as the WIKI Leaks). The book arrived promptly and in mint condition. Since I'm reading the entries along with my daily practice, I won't know for several months if he and/or I will successfully reach the goal of playing this difficult Chopin piece.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Learning the G-minor Chopin Ballade, No. 1 9 février 2014
Par Rae Kiley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a musician/pianist and know the score of the Chopin Ballade in g minor. It was grand entertainment for me to read about all the pitfalls and successes Rusbridger had with learning the Ballade. I kept the score at my side while reading it, therefore I knew the exact measure he was talking about. I sympathized with him all the way. I also liked the various interviews he had with professional pianists, piano makers and scientists. Makes me want to go back to learn it again. It's incredibly beautiful. My only complaint is that he doesn't mention his family very much in relation to their part in his quest to learn the Ballade.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A masterpiece for piano lovers 27 juillet 2015
Par juliet - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have just finished reading Play it Again, after savoring its pages for more than a year now. I loved it so much, and did not want it to end. Alan Rusbridger has done a great service to the amateur pianist community by writing such a thorough account of his travails with Chopins ballads. His writing style is sublime, as one would expect of a distinguished newsman. The book is a thoroughly enjoyable read, but more than that, it is a wonderful up-to-date guide on all things that affect and concern the amateur pianist. Most enriching was his plan to meet and interview several accomplished pianists and then to share their candid thoughts with us. As I read, I felt like I too had been granted the priceless opportunity to converse with Barenboim, Ax, Perahia, Berezovsky and many others.
I rank this book as one of 2 great reads for piano enthusiasts, the other being the 3 volume Liszt biography by Alan Walker.
Bravo Mr Rusbridger! Bravo! Write it Again.
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