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By Carol Montparker

Those intensely own and perceptive essays discover the author's lifestyles as a pianist - working towards, acting, instructing and writing - yet they can be the recommendations and reflections of any artist. They recount the demanding situations, rewards and joys of her reports in her selected career.

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It's an instrument without a soul, beyond question. It is powerful and opinionated, but not at all cultured. " I wasn't even curious about computers and had hoped, one day, to have a distinguishing epitaph: "Here lies the last manual writer," but well-meaning friends and up-to-date publishers conspired. I admit that the luminous, otherworldly little screen has a commanding presence like a beacon of light calling me to it from wherever I might be, but my piano has a patient, even more potent attraction.

Certainly this baby boy was loaded with musical genes from both sides of the family. If it is true that Glenn Gould's mother played classical plano recordings during her pregnancy, perhaps this baby's listening to cello music helped to cultivate musical sensibilities, shape his tastes, and give him a prenatal headstart in musical development. None of us would ever have contemplated trying to shape a little person's future, but there is always the temptation to look for signs: will he dance or move responsively when he hears music?

Connecting painters or paintings with musical master- Page 35 works or styles occurs subconsciously within me, but I have shared those notions at appropriate times with my students. I know painters who use music when they paint, for similar reasons. Some years ago I interviewed the painter Robert Dash, who trained as a pianist before being swept up in the ferment of the art world in the 1950s. He is a painter who likes to play and who for years was an art critic, and I am a pianist who loves to paint.

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