My Nine Lives by Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Everyone loves a comeback and Leon Fleisher's is one of the more remarkable examples in classical music. The pianist was at the top of his profession in the mid-1960s when a debilitating focal dystonia in his right hand forced him to a career change. He turned to teaching and performing the limited literature for left hand alone (and thus building up that literature in the process). His recovery -- and the thirty-year search for a cure -- is detailed in My Nine Lives, a new memoir co-written with Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette.