Reading of his death, I picked up a volume of Beethoven violin and piano sonatas and opened it at the slow movement of opus 96, where after the lesson I had scribbled down a series of consecutive comments he made, sotto voce, in my ear while listening to me playing the piano part: 1) "Technique must disappear." 2) "The instrument must disappear." 3) "Don't have a tempo." 4) (A moment later) "But don't be neutral!" 5) "Don't GIVE it a shape - it HAS a shape." 6) "Don't be a soloist" - (and, wickedly, a moment later) - "or accompanist."
The weightless, limitless sensation which these observations produced in me was a profound and unforgettable experience.Reuse content