Gone

Gone

A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung

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At seven years old Min Kym was a prodigy, the youngest ever student at the famed Purcell School of Music. At eleven she won her first international prize. And at twenty-one, she found "the one," the violin that would transform her life: a rare 1696 Stradivarius. Her career soared. She recorded the Brahms concerto and a world tour was planned.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780451496089
0451496086
9780451496072
0451496078
Call Number: 780.2 K989a
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm

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gogo12127
Jun 22, 2017

This is a memoir of a violin virtuoso who loses the instrument that had defined her both on stage and off – and who discovers, beyond the violin, the music of her own voice.

The memoir is sad and very tragic. It will resonate with musicians and music lovers alike.

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nellybells
May 21, 2017

This was a lovely book on so many levels. The writing is wonderful. Min Kym was a child prodigy and she writes about what it's like to be a prodigy, AND what it's like to be a prodigy in a Korean family (albeit in London) that defines itself by a traditional culture. Lots of info on Korean life and for one's parents to have gone through the Korean War.

I am not a musician nor do I have a particularly discerning ear but I found so much to pull me in, so much to teach me. There is music that goes with this book--when a piece is mentioned there is a clef mark and the reader can go to a special CD to hear that piece.

Kym writes about other prodigies, also. Heifetz for one. Her experiences with her teachers was fascinating. I have heard that the person who teaches the prodigy (or opera singer) has elevated status. Some musicians in Europe say things like: my teacher was taught by X and X was taught by Stravinsky. Kind of like my therapist was taught by X and X was in therapy with Freud. (joke) (but true)

And then: the loss of her 1690s Stradivarius violin.

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