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It's going to be very paraphrased but..


I believe it was Rachmaninoff talking about a student..

They wanted to play some Debussy pieces or something, and he asked them how many beethoven sonatas have you played, and they said a couple, and he was basically like you must play much more before you engage in some like novelty like Debussy.


This is VERY paraphrased, he probably wasn't as flippant as I put it, and it MAY not even be rachmaninoff...

But, I'm looking for the source for this quote if anyone has any idea on where it comes from..


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I've checked a book of musical quotes I have for Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Debussy - sorry, no luck.

Also have searched on the internet. No luck there so far.

I'll try some different search terms on the internet.

If I find something I'll post back.

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I've checked a book of musical quotes I have for Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Debussy - sorry, no luck.

Also have searched on the internet. No luck there so far.

I'll try some different search terms on the internet.

If I find something I'll post back.

Jeanne W

Thank you for your efforts... I thought I read it on senar.ru but, I Ctrl+F'd a lot of the articles searching for Beethoven. It could've been in a letter, interview, or something else on there and I missed it...

Also, it could've been A. Rubinstein or Hoffmann saying it, I really can't remember what I read it from sadly...

Luckily, I have the general idea of the quote in my head, I just wish I could find the exact quote so I can look back on it...


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I read somewhere, sometime that Rachmaninoff wasn't eager to play Debussy, he just didn't like it, but one day he did, and on the question why he did, he seems to have answered something like this: 'To make sure that they know why I don't like it.' (but I think he just liked it anyway...)


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