Archive for the ‘Maxims’ Category

436 • Playing in small circles makes for a square interpretation.

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

434 • Music is a narrative, not an act nor a play.

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

417 • The muscular young pianist rowed through Chopin’s Barcarolle as if his galley oars worked against the resistance of tar.

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

416 • Virtuoso technique is the wind that propels the sail of artistic creation.

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Virtuosity is an acquired special ability. The discipline and desire necessary to acquire a special ability of the complexity of an indomitable piano virtuoso is nearly beyond human capacity. So is the result. It takes 10,000 hours under the guidance of insightful methodology or intuition.

The absolute virtuoso is one who seems to transcend the general understanding of human potential. But he doesn't transcend human potential - he only fulfills it. The apparent superhuman phenomenon of any acquired special ability - think chess grand master, olympic athlete, virtuoso instrumentalist, etc. - is not a gift, not a blessing, but the result of arduous and focused lifetime of work.

To be more than a virtuoso one must apply the same dedication to the artistic journey, the mastering of musical language and expression.

"To be more than a virtuoso, one has to be a virtuoso first."
Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz (1903 – 1989)

413 • Occasional unpredictability alternating with absolute order is a great recipe for an engaging performance.

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

346 • You must play your repertoire as if it’s an encore ~ with the same joyful, giving, relaxed, and communicative attitude.

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

341 • When the hand relaxes, the ear opens!

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

334 • Without rhythmical stability music is like a boat careening at the mercy of the winds.

Friday, February 10th, 2012

329 • The pedal is a spice to the piano sound, it can never be it’s main ingredient.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

315 • Creativity is absolute: the pursuit of the muse is either ever present or evermore absent.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

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