Music isn’t an escape from the real world.
It is the real world.
Bach, Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor (excerpt)
Glenn Gould, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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Sviatoslav Richter, Padova and Veneto Orchestra
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There is no greater community of spirit than that between the artist and the listener at home, communing with the music.
The mental imagery involved with pianistic tactilia is not related to the striking of individual keys but rather to the rites of passage between notes.
I believe that the justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.