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Posted By: cmb13

Great Piano Quotes - 04/14/19 03:39 PM

Bar lines - like children - they should be seen never heard. - Artur Schnabel


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Posted By: dogperson

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/14/19 05:28 PM

Originally Posted by cmb13
Bar lines - like children - they should be seen never heard. - Artur Schnabel


Copy and add your own!


There is an inanimate object Which has a capacity to exasperate which no human being can ever attain: a piano -Proust

To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable- Beethoven
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/14/19 05:38 PM

Literary quote referenced in my PW signature since I got here:

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"...Allgeyer soldiers an inch and a quarter to the man painted cream, gold and blue, handfuls of hundred-year-old agates soaked in honey that sweetened greatgrandfather tongues long gone to dust, then into sulfuric acid to char the sugar in bands, brown to black, across the stone, deathless piano performances punched on Vorsetzer rolls, ribboned black lingerie, flowered and grape-crested silverware, faced lead-glass decanters, tulip-shaped Jugendstil cups, strings of amber beads . . . so the populations move, across the open meadow, limping, marching, shuffling, carried, hauling along the detritus of an order, a European and bourgeois order they don't yet know is destroyed forever."

- Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (1973), pp. 550-551
Posted By: NobleHouse

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/14/19 07:33 PM

"My piano is to me what a ship is to the sailor, what a steed is to the Arab. It is the intimate personal depository of everything that stirred wildly in my brain during the most impassioned days of my youth. It was there that all my wishes, all my dreams, all my joys, and all my sorrows lay." F. Liszt
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/14/19 09:04 PM

cmb13
"Bar lines - like children - they should be seen never heard" (Artur Schnabel)

dogperson
"There is an inanimate object Which has a capacity to exasperate which no human being can ever attain: a piano" (Proust)

"To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable" (Beethoven)

Tyrone Slothrop Literary quote referenced in my PW signature since I got here:
"...Allgeyer soldiers an inch and a quarter to the man painted cream, gold and blue, handfuls of hundred-year-old agates soaked in honey that sweetened greatgrandfather tongues long gone to dust, then into sulfuric acid to char the sugar in bands, brown to black, across the stone, deathless piano performances punched on Vorsetzer rolls, ribboned black lingerie, flowered and grape-crested silverware, faced lead-glass decanters, tulip-shaped Jugendstil cups, strings of amber beads . . . so the populations move, across the open meadow, limping, marching, shuffling, carried, hauling along the detritus of an order, a European and bourgeois order they don't yet know is destroyed forever." (Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (1973), pp. 550-551)

NobleHouse
"My piano is to me what a ship is to the sailor, what a steed is to the Arab. It is the intimate personal depository of everything that stirred wildly in my brain during the most impassioned days of my youth. It was there that all my wishes, all my dreams, all my joys, and all my sorrows lay." (F. Liszt)



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Posted By: dobro

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 01:18 AM

My favorite was a post on here that i read when i first started. The person wrote something along the lines of "I find that i lack the fortitude to subject myself to this mental torture long enough to get my fingers warm" or loose it may have been. I dont recall the member or what they were refering to but it just stuck with me.
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 02:39 AM

Originally Posted by dobro
My favorite was a post on here that i read when i first started. The person wrote something along the lines of "I find that i lack the fortitude to subject myself to this mental torture long enough to get my fingers warm" or loose it may have been. I dont recall the member or what they were refering to but it just stuck with me.

It was Lisa/ebonykawai!
Originally Posted by ebonykawai
So Bach is driving me crazy and I have to say, it takes an awful lot of fortitude to stick with that torture long enough for my fingers and brain to kick in. I don't know what it is about Bach, most other pieces I pick up OK, some are challenging but, you know, it's doable. I'm playing some of the easiest Bach there is and I feel like such a loser!! Nothing to do, really, but just keep going! 😂

Anyone else suffering?
Posted By: PhilipInChina

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 04:14 AM

"If you don't stop misbehaving, you are going in the log burner".

Quote by Philip In China, addressed to his Bluthner.
Posted By: dobro

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 03:53 PM

Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by dobro
My favorite was a post on here that i read when i first started. The person wrote something along the lines of "I find that i lack the fortitude to subject myself to this mental torture long enough to get my fingers warm" or loose it may have been. I dont recall the member or what they were refering to but it just stuck with me.

It was Lisa/ebonykawai!
Originally Posted by ebonykawai
So Bach is driving me crazy and I have to say, it takes an awful lot of fortitude to stick with that torture long enough for my fingers and brain to kick in. I don't know what it is about Bach, most other pieces I pick up OK, some are challenging but, you know, it's doable. I'm playing some of the easiest Bach there is and I feel like such a loser!! Nothing to do, really, but just keep going! 😂

Anyone else suffering?


Wow TS, That is cool. It was posted later than i thought but ive just kept remembering. I wish i had that recall in all of my piano studies. Thanks.
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 03:59 PM

Originally Posted by dobro
I wish i had that recall in all of my piano studies. Thanks.

The amusing thing is that I remember things people do and say that they themselves don't remember. Sometimes this causes problems because they don't want to remember, and naturally fight back against me remember it. I've also had people get creeped out by me remembering stuff about them (it does seem stalkerish, doesn't it? laugh ). But my wife, who has a poor memory herself, uses me as the "community memorybank" and asks me about things that happened to her long ago that she doesn't remember. For example, I remember her ex-BFs before me better than she does. laugh laugh
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 04:16 PM

My wife also has a memory like that....photographic. She actually sees images, even typed images of a person's name on their forehead. She can see someone we met 20 years ago, remember their name and details such as what they were wearing and what we spoke about. It really freaks people out. Too bad she doesn't play piano...would be fairly useful. (Gotta figure out how to utilized that for some profit.)
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 04:28 PM

Originally Posted by cmb13
...and details such as what they were wearing and what we spoke about. It really freaks people out.

Even professionals can get freaked out! Once, I was describing to a long ago psychiatrist, the circumstances around my weaning and my father taking away my baby bottle, what I did to merit this (I poked a hole in the presumably plastic bottle with a diaper pin with predictable results), what he said, the arrangement and color of the furniture, where I was standing, what I emotionally felt at the time, etc. My psychiatrist listened and then tried to convince me that I was suffering from FMS. I finally gave in and agreed in order to keep the peace, but I know I remembered all that. I confirm all the time things I remember, including by checking old newspapers.

Now this said, I do regret the emotional memory component of this ability, highlighted above, as it has given me a form of PTSD (ergo psychiatrist). Curious if your wife also has the emotional memory component and if so, if it also has given her PTSD.
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 04:36 PM

No, she may be mentally ill in other ways, but not this way wink. JK. I don't believe there is any emotional attachment to these memories. She's fairly detached, actually.
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 04:39 PM

cmb13
"Bar lines - like children - they should be seen never heard" (Artur Schnabel)

dogperson
"There is an inanimate object Which has a capacity to exasperate which no human being can ever attain: a piano" (Proust)

"To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable" (Beethoven)

Tyrone Slothrop Literary quote referenced in my PW signature since I got here:
"...Allgeyer soldiers an inch and a quarter to the man painted cream, gold and blue, handfuls of hundred-year-old agates soaked in honey that sweetened greatgrandfather tongues long gone to dust, then into sulfuric acid to char the sugar in bands, brown to black, across the stone, deathless piano performances punched on Vorsetzer rolls, ribboned black lingerie, flowered and grape-crested silverware, faced lead-glass decanters, tulip-shaped Jugendstil cups, strings of amber beads . . . so the populations move, across the open meadow, limping, marching, shuffling, carried, hauling along the detritus of an order, a European and bourgeois order they don't yet know is destroyed forever." (Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (1973), pp. 550-551)

NobleHouse
"My piano is to me what a ship is to the sailor, what a steed is to the Arab. It is the intimate personal depository of everything that stirred wildly in my brain during the most impassioned days of my youth. It was there that all my wishes, all my dreams, all my joys, and all my sorrows lay." (F. Liszt)

Philip In China
"If you don't stop misbehaving, you are going in the log burner" Addressed to his Bluthner.

ebonykawai
"So Bach is driving me crazy and I have to say, it takes an awful lot of fortitude to stick with that torture long enough for my fingers and brain to kick in"

(I have to agree w/ her)
Posted By: petebfrance

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 04:58 PM

Fun. Unfortunately this got me looking around the internet, and here's a couple with to whom (I wonder if that's good English) they are attributed:

“When she started to play, Steinway came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano. ”
― Bob Hope
“To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable!”
― Ludwig van Beethoven

Btw, I have a good memory for faces but can't play anything from memory on the piano.
Posted By: Keselo

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 07:47 PM

This one always amuses me.

“Competitions are for horses, not artists.” (Béla Bartók)
Posted By: bSharp(C)yclist

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 07:58 PM

The only muscian you have to be better than is the one you were yesterday.

Pianist Magazine, Instagram, Source unknown
Posted By: John305

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 09:23 PM

You only need to practice on the days that you eat.
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 09:43 PM

Good ones! John, who's that last one attributed to?
Posted By: John305

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/15/19 10:25 PM

I’ve seen it in numerous places but never seen it attributed to anyone.
Posted By: Chili_Time

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/16/19 01:01 AM

I like this one because I can relate. Playing piano makes me feel good. The more i play the better I get. The better I get the better it makes me feel when I play.

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I started taking piano lessons when I was about four years old. My parents were both musicians. So I took piano lessons. I didn't like the lessons very much, but I was enchanted by music. Music always transported me somewhere. Singing made feel good and being able to play the piano made me feel good.
Billy Joel
Posted By: Docbop

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/16/19 01:48 AM

A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves. - Herbie Hancock
Posted By: dobro

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/16/19 03:50 AM

Great thread cmb. I bookmarked several from "Great Pianist On Piano Playing" which was a good read but one ive been repeating to myself lately comes from Brent Hugh in his Piano Practice Principals,

Learning music is more fun than many things in life, but like every other worthwhile field of human endeavor, there is alot about learning to play the piano that is simple down and dirty, repetitive, no fun, difficult boring WORK. For pianist, the talent for sticking with this kind of difficult, repetitive and boring work is more important than just about any other musical talent".

Its a bit wordy i know but makes a great point.
Posted By: PhilipInChina

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/16/19 04:57 AM

"Baldwin piano company have contacted me to ask me to point out that this piano is a Steinway". Victor Borge.
Posted By: JJHLH

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/16/19 09:58 PM

“Slow practice is undoubtedly the basis for quick playing” — Josef Hofmann.

“Slow practice does not guarantee concentration, but concentration—especially on problems to be solved—necessitates slow playing” — Egan Petri

“The worst possible thing is to start practicing too fast: it invariably leads to bad results and lengthy delays” — Ernest Schelling

“Beware of lazy, automatic repetition of passage without thought or meaning, totally lacking in that concentration without which nothing can ever be learned or understood” — Tobias Matthay

I need to keep reminding myself of this, haha.
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/16/19 10:43 PM

Nice ones, jjhlh, all pertinent and good reminders for us all.
Posted By: DFSRN

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/17/19 02:51 AM

"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself." – Johann Sebastian Bach

“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music” Albert Einstein
Posted By: bSharp(C)yclist

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/21/19 06:10 PM

Saw this today on classicfm's Instagram feed.

"It is only when we become aware that our time is limited, that we can channel our energy into truly living."

Ludovico Einaudi
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/21/19 07:06 PM

Funny I was listening to classic fm today after seeing their countdown on Instagram. I actually downloaded the app today.
Posted By: Peyton

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/22/19 11:28 PM

“When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed.” -Alicia Keys

“These fingers of mine, they got brains in ’em. You don’t tell them what to do – they do it.” -Jerry Lee Lewis

“I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.” -Oscar Peterson

“Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano.” -Frederic Chopin

“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.” -Thelonious Monk
Posted By: Peyton

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/22/19 11:37 PM

“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides.”
― Artur Schnabel

“Play always as if in the presence of a master.” ― Robert Schumann

“There is an inanimate object which has a capacity to exasperate which no human being will ever attain: a piano.” ― Marcel Proust
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/23/19 12:41 AM

@Peyton :thumbs:!
Posted By: Rich Galassini

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/23/19 03:24 AM


"Many pianists try to sound like singers. Me personally, I try to sound like a Bösendorfer."

Placido Domingo
Posted By: LarryK

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/23/19 09:51 AM

Originally Posted by Rich Galassini

"Many pianists try to sound like singers. Me personally, I try to sound like a Bösendorfer."

Placido Domingo


LOL. It seems to me that both are impossible. I’ve never mistaken the sound of a piano for the sound of a singer and I’ve never mistaken the sound of a singer for the sound of piano.
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/23/19 10:31 AM

Originally Posted by LarryK
LOL. It seems to me that both are impossible. I’ve never mistaken the sound of a piano for the sound of a singer and I’ve never mistaken the sound of a singer for the sound of piano.

But highly prized in classical pianism is to achieve the "singing tone." It seems people can work at their piano technique for years without achieving a "singing tone." I've never knowingly achieved it as I'm not sure I even know what it is! wink Ask your Russian piano teacher about it. Perhaps I would be doing better myself if I knew how to make jello! smile
Posted By: LarryK

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/23/19 10:47 AM

Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by LarryK
LOL. It seems to me that both are impossible. I’ve never mistaken the sound of a piano for the sound of a singer and I’ve never mistaken the sound of a singer for the sound of piano.

But highly prized in classical pianism is to achieve the "singing tone." It seems people can work at their piano technique for years without achieving a "singing tone." I've never knowingly achieved it as I'm not sure I even know what it is! wink Ask your Russian piano teacher about it. Perhaps I would be doing better myself if I knew how to make jello! smile


LOL. I know, I was being purposefully literal in order to make a joke. Beautiful Bösendorfer, wait, no, that’s Placido Domingo!

My violin teacher always told me that pianists had trouble producing a singing tone. Maybe because they’re hammering on strings, I would think, haha. I have no idea why he would bring that up in lessons.

Making jello is easy, sounding good on the piano, or any instrument, is hard. I don’t think the jello is going to do the trick.
Posted By: Handyman

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/23/19 10:59 AM

More from Chopin:

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.

I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness, but I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.


This last is the source or inspiration for my Signature...which I think is more thorough and has more impact - I even toyed with the idea of adding the phrase "like a rabid pit bull" after the word vengeance but decided against it out of worry of offending a few sensitive dog owners...so I won't.
Posted By: Handyman

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/23/19 11:11 AM

BTW Tyrone, the saying in your Signature:

Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

is attributable to either Albert Einstein or Lebron James...I can't remember exactly which one... smile
Posted By: karvala

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/23/19 01:12 PM

"The piano ain't got no wrong notes" - Thelonius Monk

Which reminds me of the famous Morecambe and Wise Grieg Piano Concerto sketch with the late great Andre Previn:-

"I'm playing all the right notes, but necessarily in the right order" - Eric Morecambe
Posted By: mr_super-hunky

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/24/19 06:19 AM

My favorite:

"Music is what feelings sound like". ~Author Unknown
Posted By: snowfox

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/24/19 08:29 PM

"The fire you're gonna have to walk through to train yourself as a musician, whether it brings you to a professional career or not, will be one of the greatest strengths you're ever have in your life." Joyce DiDonato
Posted By: Docbop

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/24/19 09:38 PM

Well, I’m too old to pimp, and too young to die, so I’m just gon’ keep playin’ – Clark Terry


I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public want — you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing — even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years – Thelonious Monk
Posted By: bennevis

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/24/19 10:07 PM

"You play Bach your way, and I'll play him his way." - Wanda
Posted By: NobleHouse

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/25/19 12:30 AM

“Music is the heart of life." She speaks love; "without it, there is no possible good and with it everything is beautiful.” - Franz Liszt
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/28/19 12:39 PM

Originally Posted by NobleHouse
“Music is the heart of life." She speaks love; "without it, there is no possible good and with it everything is beautiful.” - Franz Liszt


Funny coming from a guy who looks like Severus Snape smile. His Consolation in Db is still one of my all time favorites to play. Brings me to a different point....I really wish we could post links to pics without importing them into the album.
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop

Re: Great Piano Quotes - 04/28/19 01:10 PM

Originally Posted by cmb13
Originally Posted by NobleHouse
“Music is the heart of life." She speaks love; "without it, there is no possible good and with it everything is beautiful.” - Franz Liszt


Funny coming from a guy who looks like Severus Snape smile. His Consolation in Db is still one of my all time favorites to play. Brings me to a different point....I really wish we could post links to pics without importing them into the album.

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