Biography of French Pianist Marcel Ciampi (1891-1980) Music to Last a Lifetime

Author: Bracey, John-Paul
Marcel Ciampi held the longest tenure in the history of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In his long career he performed at least 60 solo recitals a year and collaborated with most of the musical legends of this century. This book chronicles his career and examines his influence on the Menuhin family, and includes a letter from Yehudi Menuhin for the project, and interview excerpts of Hepzibah and Yaltah Menuhin. The book also includes letters from Georges Enesco, Pablo Casals, Alfred Cortot, Vlado Perlemuter, Yvonne Loriod, Lazare Lévy, and many others. It chronicles the international careers of Ciampi's family. Includes many photographs. This book will appeal to music specialists, teachers, pianists, and anyone interested in another perspective on the music history of this century.


WHAT OTHER MUSICIANS SAY ABOUT MARCEL CIAMPI: "What a rare joy to be able to make music with you" - Pablo Casals "Marcel Ciampi was one of the most dedicated teachers a student will ever be fortunate enough to encounter" - sir Yehudi Menuhin "I was already a mature pianist when I met him but he had a great influence on my playing and musical thinking" - Vlado Perlemuter

PRAISE FOR A BIOGRAPHY OF FRENCH PIANIST MARCEL CIAMPI ". . . provides many details of recent French musical history which add flesh to the dry bones of the usual scholarly facts. It also establishes a connection between musicians we imagined had little between themselves or us, while weaving an enthralling web around singers and pianists, violinists and singers, composers and pianists, noen of whom, we realize, are very distant from our own lifetime. . . . together in this fascinating and detailed biography." - Le musicien amateur/The Amateur Musician

"All the essentials of Ciampi's biography seem to be here, interspersed with generous quotations from reviews of his concerts and reminiscences from his friends, colleagues and students. This in itself makes the book a rich source of information, of real value to musicians and historians alike. But Bracey also benefitted from the cooperation of Denyse Rivière, Ciampi's long-time friend and teaching assistant, who allowed him access to the master's diaries, letters, programs, documents, and photographs. . . . In addition, Bracey includes . . . valuable pedagogical insights recalled by some of his students and colleagues. I was especially pleased to read the words of Ciampi's (and Cortot's) esteemed assistant, Blanche Bascourret de Guéraldi. This is a highly recommended book for pianists, of course -- but also for all serious musicians and music lovers." - Charles Timbrell, author of French Pianism

". . . Bracey paints a portrait of Marcel Ciampi as a virtuoso and renowned pedagogue who influence has affected the musical lives of many major pianists of today, and, through them, the pianists of tomorrow. Besides the musical emphasis, Bracey's work pr