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Salute to Leon

Here, to celebrate the completion of his memoir, is Leon Fleisher playing one of his signature pieces since his two-handed comeback, "Sheep may safely graze."

You can read all about it in December, when the book will be published.
Meanwhile, his co-author is taking the day off.

By Anne Midgette  |  March 10, 2010; 6:17 AM ET
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Hi Anne,

In your excellent piece on the Beethoven sonatas ("A major movement: 32 works add up to greatness"; WaPo, Sunday, 11/15/09) you ended with a quote from Fleisher that is probably some of the most inciteful words ever spoken about musical form:

"People talk about sonata form. Well, here are 32 examples that have no relation to each other whatsoever. You have 32 different sonata forms. That's pretty impressive."

I'm reminded of the story of the motto that was taped above the door to a biology lab in France that read: "Theories come and go. The frog remains."

My wish is that Fleisher's words would be taped above the doors of music theory classrooms across America.

Very much look forward to this book!

Posted by: Steve37 | March 10, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't often happen, but this video is making me miss having a piano.

Thanks for sharing these five minutes of lovely.

Also, congrats on finishing the book. I look forward to reading it.

Posted by: MissMussel | March 12, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

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