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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Exquisite Technique

"My mother's idol among pianists was Paderewski. I knew that I would never be a Paderewski, so I searched among the other great pianists of the day, looking for a model, and I found one at last who seemed to be just right for me. He was Vladimir de Pachmann. His style was refined, and so was mine. He was distinguished for the fact that especially in the works of Chopin he struck a great number of wrong notes. It was here that I knew I could rival him, and perhaps even excel him. You see, he struck his wrong notes in extremely rapid passages; I worked at my technique until I was certain that I could strike great numbers of wrong notes in very slow passages."
-Robertson Davies, My Musical Career

1 comment:

  1. melissa1:09 PM

    Sarah, perfect :) Today has been an overly frustrating day, and this post made me laugh! Awesome.

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