Machine with an Esthetic Purpose

My friend Gerry Sussman, of MIT, called to ask if I’d anything to say on parallelism of art and engineering. (He was preparing a talk.) I did have a remark that I’d never shared with anyone. “A work of art,” said I, “is a machine with an esthetic purpose.” Gerry got a kick out of this, and used it in his talk, Read More »

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From a Summer Festival in New York

Tuesday, Week Two: on the fifth floor, I run into Mr. K., with whom I worked last week. He complains passionately and despairingly that he’s suddenly unable to play simple trills in Scarlatti’s “Pastorale” sonata (K.9, D minor); but adds that he can still play double trills! Read More »

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A Beginner Doesn’t Need…a Good Teacher

In ninth-grade English one day, we were going around the room reading aloud, and I suddenly realized that, with just two exceptions, every good reader in the class had gone to the elementary school I’d attended. More than that, we’d all had the same first-grade teacher. I was impressed that the difference she made was still obvious eight years later! Read More »

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Contemplating Anxiety

Sit quietly and ask yourself what it would be like if Read More »

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“The Quickening Art”

The self returned to the self, or should we say, The soul Read More »

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Musical Myths I was Taught

Classical music good, jazz Read More »

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Right Country….

I once had an 8-year-old student — a delightful boy, a real charmer — and at the first Read More »

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Who Taught Whom?

I was so pleased to tell Lee Hambro Read More »

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Q is for Quiet

Sometimes, in practicing, we play louder and louder, more and more coarsely, and wonder why Read More »

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K is for Knowledge

“Before God and as an honest man,” said Haydn to Read More »

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