The sonatas of Mozart are unique; they are too easy for children, and too difficult for artists.
The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides.
Practice in tranquility.
Sunshine can burn you, food can poison you, words can condemn you, pictures can insult you; music cannot punish - only bless.
When a piece gets difficult, make faces.
I am attracted only to music which I consider to be better than it can be performed. Therefore I feel (rightly or wrongly) that unless a piece of music presents a problem to me, a never-ending problem, it doesn't interest me too much.
I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play.
Mozart is a garden, Schubert is a forest in light and shade, but Beethoven is a mountain range,
Great music is better than it can be performed.
Applause is a receipt, not a note of demand.
Have I a secret about playing the piano? It's a very simple one. I sit down on the piano stool and make myself comfortable - and I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play.
I know two kinds of audiences only--one coughing, and one not coughing.
Mozart is the most inaccessible of the great masters.
It is not music's function to express rational necessities.
Children are given Mozart because of the small quantity of the notes; grown-ups avoid Mozart because of the great quality of the notes.
I practice in my head.
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