In the Key of Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini

February 22, 2015 - Comment

Derek Paravicini is blind, can not tell his right hand from his left, and needs round-the-clock care. But he has an extremely rare gift—he is a musical prodigy with perfect pitch whose piano-playing has thrilled audiences at venues from Ronnie Scott’s to Las Vegas, the Barbican to Buckingham Palace. Born prematurely, Derek remained in hospital

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Derek Paravicini is blind, can not tell his right hand from his left, and needs round-the-clock care. But he has an extremely rare gift—he is a musical prodigy with perfect pitch whose piano-playing has thrilled audiences at venues from Ronnie Scott’s to Las Vegas, the Barbican to Buckingham Palace. Born prematurely, Derek remained in hospital for three months and technically “died” several times before he was finally strong enough to go home. It was not long before his blindness became apparent, and later it became clear that he had severe learning difficulties and autism. Desperately trying to find something to engage and stimulate baby Derek, his nanny discovered a toy organ and put it down in front of him. Miraculously, Derek taught himself to play. Music proved to be an outlet for expressing himself and communicating with others—his way of dealing with a strange and confusing world.

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Shoe Freak says:

Fascinating story 0

R. Ward says:

Inspiring story of a handicapped genius, and his teacher Derek was featured on “60 Minutes”, and I was so intrigued by his life story that I bought the book. It is the story of a young English man who has several handicaps,including being blind since birth. But he is a musical genius. He became inspired by the piano when he was a very young child, and he developed the talent to play practically any music that he heard, even if it was only once. Not only can he play complicated pieces of music with no practice, but he can re-arrange the music on…

Miguel "Micheal Willis" says:

An outstanding Book 0

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