"Ivan Raykoff knows everything there is to know about why concert pianists - from Franz Liszt to Glenn Gould and from Clara Schumann to Martha Argerich - can be so damned sexy. And like a performance by Rachmaninoff of, say, his own Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Dreams of Love by Raykoff is a brilliantly conceived and beautifully rendered arrangement of all that knowledge."--Kevin Kopelson, University of Iowa
"In Dreams of Love
Ivan Raykoff gives us a poetics of the concert pianist as a cultural figure of desire. He weds a graceful command of cultural theory to colorful histories of pianists' "sound-bodies" and technologies parallel to the piano, and he opens us to a world of piano movies, songs, and novels almost too rich to comprehend."-- James Parakilas, Bates College
"Exhaustively documented... It can be strongly recommended as a study in popular culture and the history of technology as well as music history." --ClassicalNet
"A fascinating and engaging book from beginning to end." --CHOICE
About the Author
Ivan Raykoff is Associate Professor of Music in the interdisciplinary arts program at Eugene Lang College, the undergraduate liberal arts division of The New School in New York.