Journey of an American Pianist presents an extensive examination of Johannesen’s artistic commitment and the importance of certain kinds of training and experience, framed in large part as advice to the young pianist seeking a concert career. At the same time, it has plenty of everyday-living experience, showing what pianists do and think about when they are not actually playing or performing.
Praise and Reviews:
"Johannesen writes with authority but without pretentiousness. He lived a long life that is as absorbing to read about as it is satisfying."—Mark DeVoto, emeritus professor of music, Tufts University
"One needs no knowledge of music notation or the piano literature to enjoy this book....His comments about competitions, repertoire, and American music are particularly worthwhile. Highly recommended."—CHOICE
"It has classic written all over."—Clavier