Even in winter it shall be green in my heart.— Frederic Chopin
Attractive Pianist quotations
Put all your soul into it, play the way you feel!
Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano.
So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it's gratifying to have something you have done linger in people's memories.
It is dreadful when something weighs on your mind, not to have a soul to unburden yourself to. You know what I mean. I tell my piano the things I used to tell you.
I think that if I were required to spend the rest of my life on a desert island, and to listen to or play the music of any one composer during all that time, that composer would almost certainly be Bach.
Composing is like driving down a foggy road.
If I miss one day of practice, I notice it.
If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.
I am God! I am nothing, I'm play, I am freedom, I am life. I am the boundary, I am the peak.
I don't believe in geniuses, I believe in hard work.
Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a racing car not called a racist?
When you play, never mind who listens to you.
I don't think I'm even close to fulfilling my potential.
And I think also that, unlike a pianist or a flutist, an actor has an instrument that is constantly changing.
The notes I handle no better than many pianists.
But the pauses between the notes --ah, that is where the art resides.
When a pianist sits down and does a virtuoso performance he is in a technical sense transmitting more information to a machine than any other human activity involving machinery allows.
I think all record companies should be run by a musician.
Just as you wouldn't trust your health to an electrician.
There is a kind of classlessness in the theater.
The rehearsal pianist, the head carpenter, the stage manager, the star of the show-all are family.
When you get to the top, don't forget to send the elevator down for the next guy.
Steinway is the only piano on which the pianist can do everything he wants.
And everything he dreams.
I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across .
.. Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best. The mortality among pianists in that place is marvellous.
Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
In one dancing saloon I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice: 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.'
Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'
ll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, 'I'd like to write about that.' Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem.
The writer who develops a beautiful style, but has nothing to say, represents a kind of arrested esthetic development; he is like a pianist who acquires a brilliant technique by playing finger-exercises, but never gives a concert.
If I had my life to live over, I wish I could be a great pianist or something.
What I would really like to have been, given a perfect world, is a jazz pianist.
I mean jazz. I don't mean rock and roll. I mean the never-the-same-twice music the American black people gave the world.
When I was studying... there weren't any black concert pianists. My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it. People have heard my music and heard the classic in it, so I have become known as a black classical pianist.
Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist.
Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
That's a very high goal to have, study eight hours a day to be a concert pianist.
By the time I was eight I was taking classical piano lessons and I wanted to be a concert pianist. But that didn't work out. I graduated from high school and my formal education ended.
I'm sorry that I did not become the world's first black classic pianist.
I think I would have been happier.
If you want to become a concert pianist, do it every day. You want to be a writer, do it every day. You want to become depressed, think depressing thoughts every day. You want to become an optimist, think a cheerful thought every day. Do it every day.
I don't know where there can be so many pianists as in Paris, so many asses and so many virtuosi.
Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.
I'm a revolutionary, money means nothing to me.
I really don't know whether any place contains more pianists than Paris, or whether you can find more asses and virtuosos anywhere.
You cannot play the piano by telling a pianist what to do, go a little more to the left or to the right. And the same is for the computer, really. You have to play yourself to get the most out of it.
Many in Hollywood viewed the public persona of the young Debbie Reynolds as demure and vulnerable to be a complete facade. Pianist Oscar Levant once quipped, "She's as wistful as an iron factory."
Technically I feel total fluidity in writing. I feel there's nothing technically that I can't do the way a certain sort of pianist feels that. But that doesn't mean it comes easily. It doesn't.
When I was very young, I remember my mother telling me about a friend of hers in Germany, a pianist who played a symphony that wasn't permitted, and the Germans came up on stage and broke every finger on her hands. I grew up with stories of Nazis breaking the fingers of Jews.
My father was a banker, but he was an independent spirit. He was a very good pianist and very much into music.
I consider myself to be an inept pianist, a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter. ... I'm probably writing music now for the same reason as I started writing songs when I was 14-to meet women. ... If you make music for the human needs you have within yourself, then you do it for all humans who need the same things. You enrich humanity with the profound expression of these feelings. ... My songs are like my kids.
Jazz is my adventure.
The piano ain't got no wrong notes.
I got to perform the [Jaques] Ibert Concertino Da Camera with a brilliant pianist at school named Chunga. I got to perform the [Alexander] Glazunov Concerto in senior year with our school orchestra and the Jewish Grossman orchestra. I won a scholarship from the Goldman band to perform the [Paul] Creston Concerto. Which I never played with them, but they still gave me the money.