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  • ISBN13:9780099554745
  • ISBN10:0099554747
  • Publisher:Vintage
  • Language:English
  • Author:Alan Rusbridger
  • Binding:Paperback
  • SUPC: SDL224990350


In 2010, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, set himself an almost impossible task to learn, in the space of a year, Chopins 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 Guardians 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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