Reading Zamoyski

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Berlioz (on hearing Chopin, Liszt and Heller play Bach six-hands):  “What a waste of great pianistic talent on playing lousy music!”

Choping (on Berlioz):  “The man’s composing technique consists in putting down lots of chords and then filling in the space in-between the best he can.”

(The story that he illustrated the technique by dipping a pen in ink, then bending the nib back and letting it go to spatter a page of paper — is probably apocryphal; but very good).

Berlioz (on Chopin):  “His music lacks drama.”

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