They want me to give another concert but I have no desire to do so. You cannot imagine what a torture the three days before a public appearance are to me.
Liszt commenting on the music of Frédéric Chopin: He confided . . . those inexpressible sorrows to which the pious give vent in their communication with their Maker. What they never say except upon their knees, he said in his palpitating compositions.
I am not fitted to give concerts. The audience intimidates me, I feel choked by its breath, paralyzed by its curious glances, struck dumb by all those strange faces.
Concerts are never real music, you have to give up the idea of hearing in them all the most beautiful things of art.
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