Sunday, May 28, 2017

There is a Scott Ross biopic just waiting to be made


Those two archive footage screengrabs show the legendary harpsichordist Scott Ross. His all-too-brief life has all the stuff that blockbuster movies are made of - the paradox of genius, the feel-good factor of cats and orchid breeding, the tragedy of Aids, the legacy of a prodigy, the struggles of an iconoclast, and a final scene where the ashes of the definitive interpreter of Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas are scattered from a light plane over the Provencal hamlet of Assas. Unfortunately I can bring you no news of a Martin Scorsese biopic. But in 2005 I wrote here about the invaluable memoir of Scott Ross written and privately published by his friend the luthier Michel Proulx, and over the years that article continues to be read and I receive emails asking about availability of the hard-to-find memoir. Now it is good to report that Michel has ported his medieval word processing files to a contemporary technology platform and his memoir of the legendary harpsichordist An Unfinished Destiny is once again available. For the next best thing to a Scott Ross biopic contact Michel Proulx via his website.


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1 comment:

Graeme said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if some dj would compare Scott Ross against other Scarlattians - Horowitz or Angela Hewitt? The only comparisons I have ever heard are against other Scarlatti completists, which misses so many dimensions.