Yella Pessl, First Lady of the Harpsichord a Life of Fire and Conviction

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Examines the career of Yella Pessl, a Bach specialist, virtuoso harpsichordist and pianist, authority on seventeenth and eighteenth century Baroque keyboard music which she wrote about and edited. It discusses her early years in Vienna; her American debut; the Bach Circle which she founded; presents four of her articles on keyboard music; includes interviews; recollections of Alexander Wunderer, her teacher; and a section on her musical sister who lived in Austria under Hitler's reign. It brings to light Pessl's disorganized years, life in mental institutions, and complete recovery.


"This is a well-written book, based on the writings of Yella Pessl, and on numerous interviews. It is a fascinating story of how one person, and her family, faced oppression in Europe, fled to the United States, and became a great success in her field of specialization." -- Historical Journal of Massachusetts

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