“Motivated by a love of music and possessed of a clear understanding of the reasons for practicing, you can establish so deep an accord between your musical self and your personal self, that eventually music and life will interact in a never-ending cycle of fulfillment.”
"The most important thing that music teachers can do for their pupils is to inspire and encourage an emotional response, not just for music, but more importantly for all aspects of lives."
"The contrast between the unbelievable attainment of art and unpredictability of the social world is so great."
"Your initial response to music occurs without intellectual analysis. Gifted children, for example, often project deep musical feeling without being aware of musical stracture or historical facts. It is this kind of innocence from which adults can learn.Therefore in practicing, avoid excess of analysis and allow the music to reveal its own beauty, a beauty that is ansered by something deep within you. "
“In contemplating my own connection to music, I always return to the same answer:Universal Order. If the heavenly constellations offer us visual proof of this order then music must be its aural manifestation. Through its language, we become one with the stars. Music speaks concordantly to a troubled world, dispelling loneliness and discontent. Its voice discovering in it, those deep recesses of thought and felling where truth implants itself. Music offers no quarter for compromise, no exceuses, no subterfuge, no shoddy workmanship. And we sense in music, an extension of ourselves, a reminder of our won potential for perfection.”
"I never dreamt that with my own two hands, I could touch the sky."
From Shumann to Clara:
"Throughout all music , there sounds the colorful dream of the earth, one quite note, played for a secret eavesdropper. You are the note of my life. You are the secret eavesdropper.”