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Crescendo: The Story of a Musical Genius Who…

Crescendo: The Story of a Musical Genius Who Forever Changed a Southern… (utgåvan 2019)

av Allen Cheney (Författare)

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Publisher Annotation: A hidden story of human triumph, Crecendo takes you on the rare journey of a musical prodigy who changed an entire community forever. (Original), 336pp.
Titel:Crescendo: The Story of a Musical Genius Who Forever Changed a Southern Town
Författare:Allen Cheney (Författare)
Info:Thomas Nelson (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 336 pages
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Crescendo: The Story of a Musical Genius Who Forever Changed a Southern Town av Allen Cheney


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I love a good story about how music can change a life. Music helped shape me as a kid/teenager, and I also had a talented choir director who "settled" for being just a teacher in a small town, so a lot of this book felt very familiar. What a fulfilling way to live your life.

I also appreciate a well-written story, but this one didn't quite hit the mark for me. I felt like the authors dumbed down the prose too much (especially the dialog) to make it read like a novel. ( )
  AngelClaw | Aug 2, 2021 |
At three years of age, Fred Allen could play Mozart sonatas on the piano without missing a note. But in spite of his obvious talent, Fred’s parents discouraged him from expressing his creativity and intelligence, even going so far as locking him away from the old piano in their home.
Inspirational story that while true is written with the feel of a fiction novel, in that it will capture you. This is very much a story about how one person that has every thing going against them, rises from that to find success. You will want to read this book to find out exactly how Fred accomplishes that and the effect he had on so many others. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
I don't read a lot of non-fiction but when I saw this book, I had to read it. And I am really glad that I did. In this day and age with heroes being sports figures or actors, this is the story of a real hero. A man who had a gift that he shared with his students and subsequently made them not only better students but more importantly better citizens of the world.

This is the story of a life well lived. Of a man who had nothing but ended up with love and respect from so many people. Fred Allen has helped the life of many children who may have been lost without him. He is a real hero for this modern age.

This biography was lovingly written by his grandson Allen Cheney in collaboration with Julie Cantrell. If you want a book that makes you feel uplifted, this is the book for you. ( )
  susan0316 | Aug 29, 2019 |
Fred Allen was born to an impoverished family in Georgia. He showed amazing abilities by the age of 3. Through a series of wonderful events and kind people, Fred was able to escape his rough beginning, get several degrees and show the world his amazing talent.

I will be honest, I have never hear of Fred Allen. This book opened my eyes to his world. What a fascinating person this man was. His talent and his ability to share his knowledge truly makes him incredible in my eyes.

I did feel that Fred’s bad behavior was glossed over. It was hinted at but never really expounded on. He was human and his mistakes should have been put out there as well. This did not take away from the story by any means. I just felt a little manipulated during this part of his life.

I just love talent and this book is all over it! Not only is Fred one of the most talented men ever, but the writing and researching of this book is over the top! This book is nonfiction but it reads like a novel. Grab your copy today! ( )
  fredreeca | Aug 1, 2019 |
The Story of A Musical Genius Who Forever Changed A Southern Town

A thought-provoking and touching chronicle of a life well-lived.


Fred Allen is born poor and hungry in a small Southern Georgia town. By the time Fred is three years old he can play hymns on a old upright piano without missing a note. In kindergarten, he amazes adults with Chopin. When Fred is cut off from his only source of joy, he sinks into a morass of neglect, depression and hunger. When Eleanor, a woman just released from prison, rents a room in Fred’s family’s dilapidated home, things change. Finally, Fred is protected, fed and loved. She tells him “You’ve got a find a way to get out...You were born for so much more than this.” Fred takes an arduous journey through the Juilliard School, Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, and eventually as a professional in the music industry.

Fred climbs the ladder of success, he marries, becomes a father and a scholar, and establishes an enviable reputation as a Grammy-nominated music producer. Then in heartbreaking speed Fred‘s past catches up with him and his family becomes divided. He must choose either to pursue his dream of fame or his love for his family.

One of life’s pleasure is finding a book that really surprises you by how good it is...this was that book for me. Crescendo was delightful and I couldn’t stop inhaling the pages. It’s a touching chronicle of a life well lived, a gifted musician that made a difference in this world by making a difference in a small southern Georgia town.

Fred Allen’s story was captivating and I would love to see this book made into a movie. The description were vivid enough that I could see it playing in my head as I read the poignant and thought-provoking book.

The writing was immediately compelling. I stayed up to 4am to finish this book in one shot. It was that good. Crescendo is a story that will stay with you long after the last page is turned. Allen Cheney and Julie Cantrell have written an inspiring story that is sure to encourage anyone who has ever hoped that their creative abilities might touch the lives of others.
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Thomas Nelson
Published July 16, 2019
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  LisaSHarvey | Jul 11, 2019 |
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Publisher Annotation: A hidden story of human triumph, Crecendo takes you on the rare journey of a musical prodigy who changed an entire community forever. (Original), 336pp.

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