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Grace Notes for a Year reveals classical music to be the product of human failings and triumphs, whether the result is a masterpiece or a mess.

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Grace Notes for a Year

  • Meet a 19-year-old cellist who began a 67-year conducting career on the spur of the moment.
  • Meet a horn player who changed his name to avoid having his front teeth knocked out.
  • Meet an 18-year-old street fighter named Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • Meet Mops the dog, who settled an important musical controversy.
...a moving an revelatory portrait of ordinary working people's quest for beauty, and, in this case, classical music and musicians who find themselves worthy of it. —Studs Terkel

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Scores to Settle is the exciting illustrated sequel to Grace Notes.