Monday, June 9, 2008

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Meet Mr. Fiori Rizzo, famous Philadelphia flautist, whose career met an untimely end when he lost his right arm to a blood infection. What would you do if your livelihood as a two-handed musician was ended so suddenly?
Take up a one-handed instrument, apparently. My question: how does he turn the pages of his sheet-music? I don't think he's thought his cunning plan all the way through. It's a good thing that the trumpet isn't what they automatically give one-armed musicians -- Def Leppard would never have been the same. Don't go looking too hard for other one-armed musicians, though: they meld disturbingness and wow-factor into a single frappe of coolwierdness.

(From the November 1939 Etude magazine)

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