Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Frederico Busoni, Another Great Teacher

The second memorable phrase that has inspired me for many years I found in Great Pianists on Piano Playing, a compendium of essays by prominent pianists of the day (1917), now reprinted by Dover.    Frederico Busoni wrote: "All technical exercises must be given to the pupil with great discretion and judgment just as poisonous medicines must be administered to the patient with great care."

What respect for the hand, for the ear, for the student's imagination!