So few notes

A lovely moment during the BBC radio programme ‘Desert Island Discs’ with 90-year-old Dame Fanny Waterman, founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition. Dame Fanny recalled an evening some decades ago when the composer and pianist Benjamin Britten was in her house, preparing for a performance of Schubert’s song cycle ‘Winterreise’ in Leeds that evening.

Britten seemed preoccupied and worried. Dame Fanny asked him, ‘Why are you so worried? The notes of the piano part aren’t particularly difficult.’ Britten answered, ‘My dear, it is because there are so few notes on the page that I’m worried. I have to conjure up a whole world of sound.’ What a wise answer!

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This entry was posted on Saturday 10th July 2010 at 7:28am and is filed under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “So few notes”

  1. Gretchen Saathoff said on

    I’d say he got that right!

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