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Many years ago I came across this quote by a famous German Renaissance composer and theorist. I was taken by his eminently practical, even modern, attitude.
Years later I read the famous anecdote of Mozart’s nose.
‘I can,’ Mozart said, and took his place at the keyboard. When he reached that problematic portion of his piece, Mozart bent forward and struck the central note with his nose. Haydn conceded saying: ‘With a nose like yours, it becomes easier.'”
–E. Van de Velde, Anecdotes Musicales
In the course of browsing the internet I came upon the pianist, Amy Briggs, performing “Schnozzage,” piano étude #22, by David Rakowski. I wrote to her, including the Praetorius quote, and we had a good chuckle. Plus ça change.
And the beat goes on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LTpbbnZhDw
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Never lose the heart of the beginner, not even occasionally, not even in old age.