Alfred Hollins: A Blind Musician Looks Back (Autobiography)
The autobiography of the Yorkshire born composer & organist Alfred Hollins, until recently out of print. Originally published in 1936 and has only become available again via this reprint from Forgotten Books."No serious musician should pass up a chance to read the autobiographical reminiscences of the legendary English composer, concert organist, organ designer and teacher Dr Alfred Hollins FRCO. His world-wide fame, enhanced by acclaimed recital tours abroad as well as the many instruments designed by him, was warmly tolerated by the kirk authorities of St George's West in Edinburgh where he was appointed Organist in 1897.It is not generally known that Hollins began life as a concert pianist and it is said that he turned to the organ owing to the locational difficulties of finding concert halls in strange towns in his early career. Not to be missed. He was not the only prominent blind recitalist and composer for the organ in the early part of the last century - Lancashire born William Wolstenholme was another one such - but, by any yardstick, Hollins is universally acclaimed as the most celebrated. On his death in 1942, Hollins generously bequeathed his Edinburgh apartment to the Edinburgh Society of Organists." DR. SIMON LINDLEY This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Paperback 496 pages
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