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The first full biography of John Ogdon; a tortured genius and arguably the greatest British pianist of all time. From the beginning of his professional career as a soloist John Ogdon was hailed as a musician of rare understanding and phenomenal technical gifts. Able to play and memorize just about any score at sight, tales of his impossible exploits at the keyboard are legion. Yet Ogdon was a man of extremes and it was this very extremity, while the source of much of his gift, that also led to appalling suffering. Here was a man whose feelings were inexpressibly deep and often tormenting, and Ogdon's glory days, following his coveted Tchaikovsky prize in 1962, came to a sudden end in 1973 when he suffered a severe mental breakdown which led to his being certified insane and made patient of the Court of Protection. Over the course of several harrowing years Ogdon would spend large periods of time in and out of psychiatric wards and halfway houses. The drugs and treatments prescribed sometimes affected his coordination, and his reputation suffered as a result. Yet Ogdon's commitment to his art remained undimmed, and until the end he drew out performances of tremendous beauty and conviction from the depths of his ravaged heart. In this illuminating biography, Charles Beauclerk explores the life of a brilliantly inspired artist, for whom music was both his cross and his salvation.
Works by 36 composers are included in this 248-page comprehensive survey of piano music written between 1820 and 1910. The pieces in this collection range in difficulty from intermediate through early-advanced levels and cover the widest range of styles and idioms of the Romantic period. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance. Historical and biographical background and performance notes are provided by Dr. Hinson.
The unique Music Discovery Book contains songs that allow the students to experience music through singing, movement and rhythm activities. Music appreciation is fostered through carefully chosen music; Haydn, Joplin, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky are introduced. Melodies to sing, using either solfege or letter names, help students learn to match pitch and discover tonal elements of music. Familiar songs include The Hokey-Pokey, The Wheels on the Bus and Hey, Diddle Diddle. Correlates to the Music Lesson Book 3.
The unique Music Discovery Book contains songs that allow the students to experience music through singing, movement and rhythm activities. Music appreciation is fostered through carefully chosen music; J. S. Bach, Pachelbel, Saint-Saëns, Schumann and Johann Strauss are introduced. Melodies to sing, using either solfege or letter names, help students learn to match pitch and discover tonal elements of music. Correlates to the Music Lesson Book 2. Familiar songs include Frère Jacques and Skip to My Lou.
The Music Workbook contains pages of coloring, tracing, matching, ear training and listening that have been carefully designed to reinforce the musical concepts introduced in the Music Lesson Book 4.

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