The pianist pianist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and died at age 85 this week said he’d written a memoir about his life and career.
Richard Rodgers, who was born in Brooklyn in 1929 and grew up in the Bronx, died Monday at his home in New Jersey after battling a rare form of lung cancer.
Rodgers was nominated for a Pulitzer for his memoirs, The Piano Teacher, which included a chapter about the piano he once used as a teen-ager.
He said he’s writing the memoir because he wants to share what happened during his lifetime with his daughter.
“I am writing this book because it’s important to me to write about what I experienced as a young boy,” Rodgers told The Associated Press in an interview from his home last week.
“It is important for me to know what happened to me,” he said.
“This book is going to be a way for me, as a father and a grandfather, to share with my daughter the things that happened to us as a family.
I think that’s a very important thing.”
As a grandfather and a father, I want to share these things with her as well.
“Rodgers said he’ll be writing about the book to help his daughter learn more about the history of piano and the music.
The pianists book will include information about the career and the legacy of pianists and pianist composers, Rodgers said.
The Pulitzer Prize was first given in 1974 to The New York Times for a story on the “music of the world.”
The Pulitzer Committee later determined that the story was not worthy of a Pulitzer Prize and the story’s author was not named in the award citation.
Rodriguez wrote the memoir in the late 1980s, when he was a young piano student and a budding superstar.
It was the first memoir he wrote in his career, Rodgers told the AP.
In the memoir, Rodgers describes being teased by his classmates for his music talent.
He also said he grew up with an older sister who was also a piano player and that she taught him piano as a youngster.
He said he became a pianist at age 12 and was the youngest person to ever earn a Grammy nomination.
Rodwards told the Associated Press that he’s working on his memoir to share the story of his life as a boy and that he hopes to be able to share other piano lessons with his daughters and grandchildren.
He has two grandchildren, ages 10 and 13.
Roders also said his daughter, Sarah, and his son, Matt, are in touch with his family to help with his medical care.
Rodards is survived by his wife, Rose, and three children.