Yo-Yo Ma: A Biography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 178 pages

A musician of rare artistry, the self-effacing yet charismatic Yo-Yo Ma connects with his audiences with startling effectiveness. He remains devoted to the classical repertoire yet has long roved far beyond the Western classical music canon. Despite his real superstar status and thriving solo career, he has often sought out musicians outside the classical sphere and collaborated with them on fascinating recordings. Above all, he is committed to the ever-evolving musical odyssey of his Silk Road Ensemble, itself part of a broader Silk Road Project aiming to explore the deep and varied artistic connections between East and West. Ma's legions of admirers seek out his musical genius in his recordings. Here they can become acquainted with the energetic and charming Ma himself and trace the trajectory of his unique and distinguished career.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Love and War
1
Chapter 2 I Want the Big Instrument
9
Chapter 3 YoYo Gets a Big Little Viola
17
Chapter 4 A New Life in New York
25
Chapter 5 High School and High Anxiety
35
Chapter 6 Learning of Love and Love of Learning
47
Chapter 7 CastClad Becoming a Dad and a New Strad
57
Chapter 8 Manny Grammy and in the Hood with Mr Rogers
69
Chapter 11 America Meets Africa
95
Chapter 12 The FreeRange Cellist
99
Chapter 13 YoYo Ma and the Suite Life
109
Chapter 14 BachUp Close and Personal
121
Chapter 15 Die Seidenstrasse
131
Chapter 16 Crossing Over
141
Chapter 17 Getting Up To Speed on the Silk Road
149
Chapter 18 The Beat Goes On and On and On
157

Chapter 9 A Jazz Legend and Farewell to a Father
81
Photo essay
89
Chapter 10 Hush and Happiness in Small Groups
89

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About the author (2008)

Jim Whiting is a professional editor, writer, and photographer and the author of more than 90 books, chiefly nonfiction works written for children. For 17 years he was editor and publisher of Northwest Runner magazine, a monthly publication. He frequently has written about music and is the author of 15 biographies of classical and modern composers in the Masters of Music series for young readers.

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