Lost Genius: The Curious and Tragic Story of an Extraordinary Musical Prodigy

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Hachette Books, Mar 17, 2009 - Music - 256 pages
Born in 1903, pianist Ervin Nyiregyházi was the subject of the first book devoted to the scientific study of a single prodigy. By twenty-five he had all but disappeared. Mismanaged, exploited, and unfashionably romantic, his career floundered in adulthood. He drank heavily, married ten times, and was reduced to penury, sometimes living on the subway. He settled in Los Angeles where he performed sporadically, counting many of Holly-wood's elite among his friends, including Gloria Swanson, a likely lover. Rediscovered in the 1970s, he enjoyed a sensational and controversial renaissance, before slipping back into obscurity.
 

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In this well-documented biography of little-known Hungarian pianist and composer Ervin NyiregyhĂƒÂŻĂ‚ÂżĂ‚Â˝zi (1903-87), Bazzana (Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould ) draws on GĂƒÂŻĂ‚Â ... Read full review

Contents

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PART ONE MUSICAL WONDER CHILD 19031920
Beginnings in Budapest
Under the Microscope
Prodigys Progress
To Berlin and Liszt and Back
The Wunderkind on Tour
PART TWO A YOUNG LISZT OF THE PIANOFORTE 1920
Down and Out in L A and Abroad
Pianist for Hire
Bela and Gloria
Restless
That Strange Romance
Swan Songs
An Uncompromising Rebel MY MUSICAL CREDO
Wine Women and Song

A King in New York
Under New Management
Reenacting
Decline and Fall
Love and Marriage
PART THREE A SOLDIER OF FORTUNE 19281972
Restless Still
Crescendo
Plus beau que la beauté
Diminuendo
The Sun Sets
Acknowledgements

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Kevin Bazzana is the author of Wondrous Strange, a biography of Glenn Gould, winner of the Toronto Book Award and an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He lives in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.

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