- Narrated by: Jeremy Denk
- Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
- Release date: 03-22-22
Every Good Boy Does Fine AudioBook Summary
A beautifully written, witty memoir that is also an immersive exploration of classical music – its power, its meanings, and what it can teach us about ourselves – from the MacArthur “Genius” Grant-winning pianist
“Jeremy Denk has written a love letter to the music, and especially to the music teachers, in his life.” (Conrad Tao, pianist and composer)
In Every Good Boy Does Fine, renowned pianist Jeremy Denk traces an implausible journey. His life is already a little tough as a precocious, temperamental six-year-old piano prodigy in New Jersey, and then a family meltdown forces a move to New Mexico. There, Denk must please a new taskmaster, an embittered but devoted professor, while navigating junior high school. At 16, he escapes to college in Ohio, only to encounter a bewildering new cast of music teachers, both kind and cruel. After many humiliations and a few triumphs, he ultimately finds his way as a world-touring pianist, a MacArthur “Genius,” and a frequent performer at Carnegie Hall.
Many classical music memoirs focus on famous musicians and professional accomplishments, but this book focuses on the everyday: neighborhood teacher, high school orchestra, local conductor. There are few writers capable of so deeply illuminating the trials of artistic practice – hours of daily repetition, mystifying advice, pressure from parents and teachers. But under all this struggle is a love letter to the act of teaching.