Wild Harmonies

Wild Harmonies

A Life of Music and Wolves

Book - 2006
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A celebrated French pianist's poignant story of her journey from her early days as a student in Paris to her life as the founder of a wolf conservation center in upstate New York. A gifted pianist from a young age, Hélène Grimaud made her first recording at the age of fifteen and won the French equivalent of a Grammy at sixteen. She is a classical music star whose concerts continue to draw sellout crowds all over Europe and North America. But it wasn't until she met her first wolf that she discovered there was something missing in her life. Late one night in 1991, Grimaud encountered a wolf-dog hybrid in Florida and felt an immediate, instinctual connection to the animal-one that the wolf also seemed to share. Determined to do what she could to protect this threatened species, she committed her time and resources to becoming certified to found her own wolf preserve on the grounds of her home in New York State. Today, the master pianist acts as a tireless advocate for wolves, a species she believes has been unfairly demonized throughout history. In turn, the animals have given her a sense of freedom that she has never before experienced, even as an artist. In a beautifully rendered personal story that weaves the tale of a musical prodigy's rise to stardom with one of an animal lover learning to communicate on a level as primal as music, Hélène Grimaud touches, astonishes, and delights with her remarkable insight and passion.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781594489273
Branch Call Number: 785.60924 GRIMA
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 14, 2015

Helene Grimaud is a gifted writer. She is much more than a romantic (in the cultural-history sense of that word) but romanticism shapes her writing, and she's fascinating to read, not only for the benefit of knowing her history, but in her capacity for articulating insight, and so often these are insights that would elude most. It's easy to savour her writing, she as gifted in words as she is at the keyboard.

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