The Lady from Arezzo
The new essay collection from one of music’s most original thinkers.
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The title of this collection of essays refers to a tailor’s mannequin that Alfred Brendel spotted in a shop window in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town. Who is this strange lady? What is she looking at? And why is she carrying an egg on her head? The mannequin now graces a room in the attic of Brendel’s house in Hampstead. Her features convey great artistic seriousness in combination with absurd comedy: the epitome of his own musical and literary preferences. And so, in his delightful new collection, great masters of nonsense meet great masters of music.
'What is revealed in this small but powerful affecting book is a deeper insight than any biography could give into what motivated Brendel's profoundly thought-through piano playing and what drives his love for the absurd and the nonsensical, passions that he has indulged in his life as a poet and writer. '
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