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Classical Notes

Jonathan Biss explores Schumann at Jordan Hall

“Most of what I know about myself, I have learned from playing Schumann.”

This brief sentence contains an entire world in which music, emotion, and the selves of performer and composer coincide. The words were written by Jonathan Biss, 32, who in addition to being a superb pianist is also an eloquent and insightful music writer. Last fall he published a Kindle Single called “A Pianist Under the Influence,” a meditation not just on Schumann’s magnificently elusive music but on the uncanny pull it has exerted on Biss.

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