Genoa – It’s called “The President is Missing”, “The President is Missing” the title in English, and it’s the literary phenomenon of the moment: 2 million copies sold in a few weeks, a TV series coming with Hollywood production. After all, with two writers like Bill Clinton and James Patterson, the political thriller was destined for success. But what you don’t expect happens on page 137 of the Italian edition published by Longanesi. It is here that it is quoted in an open and absolutely incontrovertible way the Levantine Andrea Bacchetti, great pianist, considered one of the greatest Bach interpreters; with a lot of precise reference.
Here is the passage that first struck and intrigued Bacchetti himself. ‘Oh, how he would like to enjoy a good piano concert! But each mission is different and this time it needs a ground crew to communicate with. They might want to talk to you at any time, but instead of listening to Andrea Bacchetti playing the piano concerto no. 4 at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza she is forced to hear the noise of the car, the roars of the full stadium, the organ pieces being fired by megaphones to exalt the fans…. “- the phrase refers to the thoughts that go through the head of the negative protagonist (the killer) of the novel, written byformer US president and by the most famous crime writer in the world (in his career he has sold over 400 million copies of his books, becoming the richest writer on the planet).
The first to notice the incredible literary curiosity is another Levantine, Mauro Boccaccio, devourer of mystery books. The second is precisely Bacchetti: «Well yes, it’s an unexpected surprise, I knew nothing about this quote I have never been contacted by the authors or the publisher. But undoubtedly I am pleased – he says – the reference to Bach and the Vicenza concert is equally amazing. Because I have played Bach many times in my career, who is my favorite composer. In Vicenza then I really played the Concerto 4 for piano in the Olympic theater. It happened in October 2013. So the authors or those who edited the editing were particularly informed or attended the concert ». Certainly Patterson and Clinton know Bacchetti well and know just as well that he is one of the great protagonists of the world music scene.