ALL IN ONE HAND
Inspirational Documentary on WWI Pianist
This is a special Summer Film Series event for the benefit of the library.Directed by Michael Beyer and produced by BMFI Features, All in One Hand chronicles the life of pianist Paul Wittgenstein. After losing his right arm while serving as an officer in WWI, Wittgenstein devised techniques that allowed him to play musical chords that were otherwise impossible for a one-handed pianist. Britten, Hindemith, Prokofiev and Strauss all composed works for him. Beyer captures the extraordinary tale of a musician who persevered in the face of insurmountable obstacles.
The 52-minute film will be followed by a discussion with guest speaker Richard Bidnick, a leading scholar on the topic of piano concertos for the left hand alone who participated in the making of the film.
"This is a great story that needs to be told, concerning one man's triumph over tragedy who made a lasting impression through musical artistic achievement," states Bidnick. "This film is an inspiration for so many and I look forward to sharing it.”Bidnick has appeared in numerous concert lectures and radio and television interviews around the world. His musical research has appeared in two recent books: "The House of Wittgenstein - A Family at War" by Alexander Waugh and "The Empty Sleeve" by Irene Suchy.
The evening will conclude with a screening of an episode from season eight of M*A*S*H, "Morale Victory," in which Paul Wittgenstein figures prominently.
Donations will be taken for the benefit of Bolton Free Library in appreciation for the annual hosting of the Sembrich Summer Film Series.
This program is sponsored, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.
"All in One Hand, The Pianist Paul Wittgenstein" will be shown on Monday, August 4th at 7:30 pm at Bolton Free Library, 4922 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing, New York. The Sembrich Museum, open daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m, is located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive.