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By Kevin Bazzana

The award-winning writer of Wondrous Strange, the significantly acclaimed biography of Glenn Gould, explores the unusual, untold lifetime of one other awesome and whimsical musician.

The composer Arnold Schoenberg referred to as him an “utterly amazing” pianist of “incredible originality and conviction,” but this day he's all yet forgotten. Born in Budapest in 1903, Ervin Nyiregyházi (nyeer-edge-hah-zee) was once a extraordinary prodigy: at 8 he played at Buckingham Palace, and while he used to be 13 a psychologist released a booklet approximately him. In his adolescents, his idiosyncratic, intensely Romantic taking part in electrified audiences and astounded critics in Europe and the US. yet his grownup occupation fast foundered, and he used to be diminished to penury.

In 1928, he settled in la, and finally he withdrew from public existence, who prefer to spend his time quietly composing. Psychologically, he remained a toddler, and located the standard calls for of everyday life hard — he struggled even to decorate himself. He drank seriously, used to be insatiable sexually (he married ten times), and defined himself as “a fortissimo bastard,” but such was once his expertise and air of mystery that he numbered between his buddies and champions celebrities corresponding to Jack Dempsey, Theodore Dreiser, Bela Lugosi, and Gloria Swanson. Rediscovered within the Nineteen Seventies, he loved a short, sensational, and debatable renaissance earlier than slipping again into obscurity. He died in 1987.

Lost Genius, the manufactured from ten years’ learn, is the 1st biography of Nyiregyházi, whose tale is likely one of the so much attention-grabbing — and weird — in twentieth-century track.

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