The Beauty of Gesture The Invisible Keyboard of Piano & T'ai Chi by Catherine David

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  • Catherine David picks the essence from inconspicuous corners where it has been gathering dust and shows us how she uses it to unlock the gates leading to inner beauty.


Binding Paperback
Publisher North Atlantic Books, U.S.
Country of Origin USA
Number of Pages 166
Pubilcation Date 1996
Condition New

Product details

  • Tai Chi Book
  • by Catherine David
  • Links between piano and Tai Chi
  • Philosophical insight
  • Great read

The Beauty of Gesture Description

In this society in which the essential is generally considered incidental (which is reflected in the unbearable dullness of the contemporary man), Catherine David picks the essence from inconspicuous corners where it has been gathering dust and shows us how she uses it to unlock the gates leading to inner beauty. In this remarkable series of 26 linked meditations, The Beauty of Gesture, subtitled "The Invisible keyboard of Piano and T'ai Chi," the French journalist Catherine David explores the analogies between playing the piano and practicing t'ai chi chu'an. A serious pianist and student of martial arts, David draws on a wide familiarity with literary and philosophical texts to evoke the intellectual and spiritual world of her imagination. "A beautiful act is an island of absoluteness in an ocean of chance," she writes, and her essay reminds us that the world vibrates with possibilities, necessities, and poetry for those who can focus attention.

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The Beauty of Gesture
The Invisible Keyboard of Piano and Tai Chi

Translated from an award-winning French edition, this unique work explores the aesthetic resonances between playing the piano and tai chi ch'uan- each an art of the "beautiful gesture." The author draws on memory, reflection, works of philosophy, art, and lit-erature, and her own parallel practice of piano and tai chi in a lyrical meditation on discipline as the gateway to freedom and gesture as the expression of spirit in action.

"Precise, deep, brilliant." _La Tribune de Genève

"The quest for the right sensation, the mastery of the gesture, have incited the author to share her experi-ence. From the beauty of gesture to the pleasure of the text."

"Catherine David is a wanderer in time, space, and action, seeking her ideal-'the beauty of gesture?

It is the metaphor she has chosen to express her thirst for serenity in a chaotic world."-Le Figaro

Born and raised in Paris by her American mother and French father, Catherine David is a journalist and literary critic for the news magazine Le Nouvelle Observateur, writing on a range of topics including fiction, poetry, film, philosophy, biology, psychology, and history. She is the author of a novel, L'Ocean miniature, and a personal biography of the great actress, Simone Signoret ou la Mémoire partagée.



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