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ABC Radio National

Arts, Literature

Serialised reading of published autobiography. The program brings you the best of current and classic personal narrative including memoir, travel writing, diaries and letters. Here you'll find fine writing that will keep you enthralled and deeply involved in some remarkable lives.


Piano lessons

January 1st, 2012

Episode 22 of 35 episodes

In this remarkable memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps towards a life in music, from childhood lessons with a local jazz muso to international success as a concert pianist. Guided by her teacher Mrs Sivan, who inspires and challenges in equal measure, she discovers passion and ambition, confronts doubt and disappointment, and learns much more than just tone and technique. Writing with wit and affection, Anna captures the hopes and uncertainties of youth, the fear and exhilaration of performing and the complex bonds between teacher and student.

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