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.
Sunshine can burn you, food can poison you, words can condemn you, pictures can insult you; music cannot punish - only bless.
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.
Practice in tranquility.
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.
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.
Applause is a receipt, not a note of demand.
Children are given Mozart because of the small quantity of the notes; grown-ups avoid Mozart because of the great quality of the notes.
When a piece gets difficult, make faces.
I practice in my head.
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