The Sound Of Music| Part I| Evelyn Glennie Listens to Sound without Hearing it| Summary

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This Part 1 of chapter is a biographical piece written by Deborah Cowley of a girl Evelyn Glennie who can not hear but feel music by different parts of her body and become renounced musician.


One day her Mom Isabel Glennie noticed that Evelyn, eight years old was not responding when her name was called to play piano. Her Mom realised that Evelyn could not heard.

Evelyn concealed her deafness for sometime. But when she was eleven years old, her marks had deteriorated and her principal advised her parents to take her to the specialist. The doctor told her parents that because of her damaged nerve system she is losing her hearing power. They suggested her parents to sent her to school of deaf with hearing aid.

But Evelyn was determined to lead a normal life. She wanted to learn xylophone after seeing a girl playing it. Her teachers discouraged her but a percussionist Ron Forbes encouraged her. He tuned two large drums to different notes and he told her to not listen by her ears. She felt higher drum from the higher side of the waist and lower drum from the lower side of the waist. She realised that she can sense music by different parts of the body.

After that she decided to learn music. When she was sixteen years old, she went to United Kingdom with young orchestra. She pursued her study from the Royal Academy of Music with the highest score. She started to perform solo. She had won almost all the top awards in duration of three year course.

She mastered of some thousand instrument.

Deborah Cowley remembered her meeting with Evelyn and said that she spoke with her effortlessly without missing a word. Evelyn told her that men with beard give her trouble because she could not see their whole face. She learnt French and Master basic Japanese.

She was presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Prestigious Soloist of the Year Award in 1991.

She gives regular concerts.

She also gives free concerts in prisons and hospitals.

She gives high priority to classes for young musicians.

Evelyn inspiring words “If you work hard and know where you are going, you’ll get there.”

Master percussionist James Blades correctly said“God may have taken her hearing but he has given her back something extraordinary. What we hear, she feels – far more deeply than any of us. That is why she expresses music so beautifully”


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