The voice : a memoir / recorded by Thomas Quasthoff ; translated from the German by Kirsten Stoldt Wittenborn.

  • Quasthoff, Thomas.
[2008], ©2008
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Also known as

Stimme. English. 2008


German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff stands a shade over four feet tall, his severely underdeveloped arms and hands the result of thalidomide poisoning while he was in his mother's womb. But through stunning determination enlivened by an impish sense of humor, Quasthoff has overcome his physical limitations and Dickensian childhood, cultivating his musical genius and thrilling classical music lovers with his sublime voice. What shines through Quasthoff's astonishing story is his staunch refusal to see himself as a victim. Whether evoking a harrowing childhood marked by multiple agonizing surgeries, relating folksy family anecdotes, expressing his devotion to his students as a professor of voice, expounding on his love of jazz and American popular music (he is a great admirer of Stevie Wonder), or unburdening himself of his wickedly outspoken views on art and disability, Quasthoff's sense of humanity, boisterous conviviality, and fierce honesty are always on display.--From publisher description.


New York : Pantheon Books, [2008], ©2008.

Physical description

241 pages ; 22 cm


Downtown -- If you can make it there -- I got the blues -- All the world's a stage -- All I need is music, music, music -- Sympathy is free, envy you gotta earn -- On the road again -- Life is a total work of art -- Coda.

Bibliographic information

Includes discography (p. [225]-228) and index.



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    History of Medicine
    BZP (Quasthoff)
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