Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal
Title: Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal
Author: Byron Janis
This one is a 2-thumbs up for anyone who’s “into” musicians’ lives. I’ll admit I didn’t recognize the name at first, but I had heard of his wife, the artist Maria Cooper Janis (daughter of Gary Cooper). As Janis describes his life in a lifetime context of music, he also describes synchronicities of his life to Chopin. I’ve often wondered about child-prodigies and Janis “suggests” his connections to Chopin in many unusual ways. Intriguing.
One of the world’s greatest classical pianists reveals how the “other world” transformed his life and career
By any measure, Byron Janis has had an extraordinary musical career. His discovery of two long-lost Chopin scores made headlines around the world, and he has been honored many times for his breathtaking performances of some of the most exciting and challenging works in the standard classical piano repertoire. As he retraces this remarkable journey in Chopin and Beyond, he shares something even more extraordinary: the other-worldly experiences that have shaped his life and music in surprising and profound ways.
- Shares milestones and memories from the life and musical career of one of the world’s greatest pianists
- Includes lively anecdotes of famous classical musicians and other notable figures, including Vladimir Horowitz and Pablo Picasso
- Describes his long-secret but ultimately triumphant battle with arthritis
- Recounts the paranormal experiences that deepened his personal association with Chopin, effected near miraculous recoveries from serious accidents, and more
Like the best music, Chopin and Beyond will open your mind to explore the wonder and possibility of a different world.