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1. "I was much more interested in the orchestra than the piano, but I did become fairly proficient as a pianist and my teachers felt I had talent and wanted me to become a good concert pianist and earn my living that way."
Author: Alan Hovhaness
2. "I wanted to be a veterinarian until I saw a video of a vet performing surgery on a dog. Then I decided I wanted to be a pianist."
Author: Amy Lee
3. "Hotel Du LacEdith, once again anonymous, and accepting her anonymity, made an appropriately inconspicuous exit. And, sitting in the deserted salon, the first to arrive from the dining room, she felt her precarious dignity hard-pressed and about to succumb in the light of her earlier sadness. The pianist, sitting down to play, gave her a brief nod. She nodded back, and thought how limited her means of expression had become: nodding to the pianist or to Mme de Bonneuil, listening to Mrs Pusey, using a disguised voice in the novel she was writing and, with all of this, waiting for a voice that remained silent, hearing very little that meant anything to her at all. The dread implications of this condition made her blink her eyes and vow to be brave, to do better, not to give way. But it was not easy."
Author: Anita Brookner
4. "Pianists call me a composer, composers call me a pianist. The classicists think me a futurist, and the futurists call me a reactionary."
Author: Anton Rubinstein
5. "I don't think I handle the notes much differently from other pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, there is where the artistry lies!!"
Author: Artur Schnabel
6. "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes ah, that is where the art resides."
Author: Artur Schnabel
7. "From early on there were two things that filled my life - music and storytelling, both of them provoked by my father. He was a jazz pianist and also a very good storyteller, an avid reader. He passed both those interests on to me."
Author: Athol Fugard
8. "The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk. My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's Dream' almost every day from the time I was born."
Author: Benny Green
9. "I've had to ban my mum from coming to see me play. She gets so nervous before any show. I've always got a few nerves but she's so much worse than me. You'd think she'd be able to handle that kind of situation. After all, she is a concert pianist."
Author: Birdy
10. "He was waiting for me at the best table in the room, toying with a glass of white wine and listening to the pianist who was playing a piece by Granados with velvet fingers."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
11. "Now, I thought, pushing my cart along, I have this job. Is this to be it? No wonder men robbedbanks. There were too many demeaning jobs. Why the hell wasn't I a superior court judge or aconcert pianist? Because it took training and training cost money. But I didn't want to be anythinganyhow. And I was certainly succeeding"
Author: Charles Bukowski
12. "I come from a wonderful family. My mother was a pianist and my father was a salesman. They were very middle-class, very middle-Western."
Author: Charles Kimbrough
13. "The collective conscience of a hundred musicians is no light burden. Think for a moment of what it would mean to a pianist if by some miracle every key of his instrument should suddenly become a living thing."
Author: Charles Munch
14. "I have been like a mediocre concert pianist playing in front of a tone-deaf family, who applaud out of duty rather than for accomplishment."
Author: Chris Murray
15. "I decided during my teens that I wasn't going to have the life of a concert pianist, much to the chagrin of a lot of people who had put a lot of money into me!"
Author: Cy Coleman
16. "Do you think Duke Ellington didn't listen to Debussy? Louis Armstrong loved opera, did you know that? Name me a jazz pianist who wasn't influenced by European music!"
Author: Dave Brubeck
17. "I was like a well trained pianist who knows which note to hit, but can't make the music his own."
Author: David Benioff
18. "I was going to be a concert pianist, and when I was in high school, my parents were scared to death that I would focus too much on that too soon. And that I'd end up in some sort of dead end, and not fulfilling whatever potential they thought I had."
Author: David Hyde Pierce
19. "Sandwiched between their "once upon a time" and "happily ever after," they all had to experience great adversity. Why must all experience sadness and tragedy? Why could we not simply live in bliss and peace, each day filled with wonder, joy, and love?The scriptures tell us there must be opposition in all things, for without it we could not discern the sweet from the bitter. 2 Would the marathon runner feel the triumph of finishing the race had she not felt the pain of the hours of pushing against her limits? Would the pianist feel the joy of mastering an intricate sonata without the painstaking hours of practice?"
Author: Dieter F. Uchtdorf
20. "I took some lessons as a kid but trained myself by ear. I did it the way jazz musicians used to learn years ago, which is to play records and slow them down to figure out the notes. At first I tried to imitate Red Garland, who was my favorite jazz pianist."
Author: Donald Fagen
21. "Liberace was certainly master and commander of the ivories ~ he is the only pianist I can watch or listen to without suffering a case of 'Stagefright Sympathy Sickness'."
Author: E.A. Bucchianeri
22. "Pianists don't argue too much generally because we have such a hard time just getting things right; arguing is for string players."
Author: Emanuel Ax
23. "We are governed by what you find in the bottom of dead beer glasses that whores have dunked their cigarettes in. The place has not even been swept out yet and they have an amateur pianist beating on the box"
Author: Ernest Hemingway
24. "When Hank Jones had his night off, I would get somebody to take my place as intermission pianist and I'd play the show with Ella, so I would get a chance to play with Ray Brown and Charlie Smith as well."
Author: George Shearing
25. "I'm not really a pianist."
Author: Harold Budd
26. "I urge pupils when studying a work and in order to master its most important aspic, the rhythmic structure, or the ordering of the time process, to do just what a conductor does with the score: to place music on the desk and to conduct the work from beginning to end as if it were played by someone else, an imaginary pianist with the conductor trying to impress him with his will, his tempo first of all, plus all the details of his performance."
Author: Heinrich Neuhaus
27. "Horror would not annoy a soldier any more than the sight of a hammer annoys a carpenter. It is sentimental to pretend that horror is not the tool of the soldier, just as the hammer is the tool of the carpenter. We live off death and the threat of death and we must take it calmly and use it well.... Eventually I came to enjoy killing, as a pianist enjoys the Czerny which keeps his fingers limber for the Beethoven."
Author: Irwin Shaw
28. "The people who raised me musically are my mother, who is a classically trained pianist, and my stepfather."
Author: Jeff Buckley
29. "I'm one of those pianists who tends to ignore every existing recording and lots of traditions about playing pieces when I start."
Author: Jeremy Denk
30. "My father was a stone mason, and a talented amateur pianist and vocalist."
Author: John E. Walker
31. "Basically, if you're not a utopianist, you're a schmuck."
Author: Jonathan Feldman
32. "I was for a minor amount of time but I was probably a better pianist at 15 than I am now."
Author: Josh Silver
33. "I know a flute player is technically called a "flautist," but something about it sounds a little sketchy, as does "pianist," so I will refrain."
Author: Julie Halpern
34. "A general air of surprise and genuine satisfaction fell upon everyone as they saw the pianist enter"
Author: Kate Chopin
35. "Formerly, in my attempts to isolate this talent, I deducted, so to speak, from what I heard, the part itself, a part, the common property of all the actresses who appeared as Phèdre, which I myself had studied beforehand so that I might be capable of subtracting it, of gleaming as a residuum Mme Berma's talent alone. But this talent which I sought to discover outside the part itself was indissolubly one with it. So with a great musician (it appears that this was the case with Vinteuil when he played the piano), his playing is that of so fine a pianist that one is no longer aware that the performer is a pianist at all, because his playing has become so transparent, so imbued with what he is interpreting, that one no longer sees the performer himself — he is simply a window opening upon a great work of art."
Author: Marcel Proust
36. "I heard a young black pianist. He was a teenager, I was eight years old, and he was playing boogie-woogie, and he just knocked me out. He thought he was alone in the old barn on the beat-up upright piano, but I was hiding in the corner so he wouldn't see me."
Author: Mike Stoller
37. "Jazz is a constant theme in my life. My father is a jazz pianist, and from an early age I have been surrounded by it."
Author: Nat Wolff
38. "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."
Author: Nina Simone
39. "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."
Author: Nina Simone
40. "[She] knew there were women who worked successfully out of the home. They ran businesses, created empires and managed to raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted children who went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard or became world-renowned concert pianists. Possibly both. These women accomplished all this while cooking gourmet meals, furnishing their homes with Italian antiques, giving clever, intelligent interviews with Money magazine and People, and maintaining a brilliant marriage with an active enviable sex life and never tipping the scale at an ounce over their ideal weight... She knew those women were out there. If she'd had a gun, she'd have hunted every last one of them down and shot them like rabid dogs for the good of womankind."
Author: Nora Roberts
41. "I have simply worshipped pianists - two at a time, sometimes, Harry tells me. I don't know what it is about them. Perhaps it is that they are foreigners. They all are, ain't they? Even those that are born in England become foreigners after a time, don't they? It is so clever of them, and such a compliment to art."
Author: Oscar Wilde
42. "Every concert pianist knows that the surest way to ruin a performance is to be aware of what the fingers are doing. Every dancer and acrobat knows enough to let the mind go, let the body run itself. Every driver of a manual vehicle arrives at destinations with no recollection of the stops and turns and roads traveled in getting there. You are all sleepwalkers, whether climbing creative peaks or slogging through some mundane routine for the thousandth time. You are all sleepwalkers."
Author: Peter Watts
43. "Empty-page staring again tonight. It's maddening. I suppose people who don't write (like the Connollies) imagine anything that can be though can be expressed. Well, I don't know. I can't do it. It's this sort of thing that makes me belittle the whole business: what's the good of a 'talent' if you can't do it when you want to? What should we think of a woodcarver who couldn't woodcarver? or a pianist who couldn't play the piano? Bah, likewise grrr."
Author: Philip Larkin
44. "I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a children's author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president."
Author: Rachel Corrie
45. "Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who, in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color. He used the piano as his canvas."
Author: Roberta Flack
46. "-Basta con questa commedia, Maestro. Conosco il segreto. Bella roba. Tanto studiare, ore e ore sui libri e poi... Non esisto neanche.- Ma sei un baol... Un'idea immortale e fascinosa... sei il pensiero dell'altrove, magia, avventura, libertà, utopia, rock-and-roll...Sto qua e ascolto il pianista. Sono all'ultimo tavolo a sinistra in fondo. Se non vi piace lo spirito del tempo, venite.Mi riconoscerete subito.Starò qui fino a quando il pianista suonerà. E finché ci sono io, suonerà."
Author: Stefano Benni
47. "I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing. I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down."
Author: Steve Lacy
48. "Real data is messy. ...It's all very noisy out there. Very hard to spot the tune. Like a piano in the next room, it's playing your song, but unfortunately it's out of whack, some of the strings are missing, and the pianist is tone deaf and drunk- I mean, the noise! Impossible!"
Author: Tom Stoppard
49. "But my mom was a pianist, and she taught piano out of her house. I was just so excited, being a little kid and having all these other kids come to my house twice a week. I thought it was a big party."
Author: Vanessa Carlton
50. "The air was warm and heavy as sprinkles began to fall from the clouds high above. The Triton glided through the waters and the whoosh of the ship combined with the steady beat of the rain to make a concerto, like a pianist fluttering his fingers on the keys at one end and running his fingers up and down the scales at the other. Expectancy hung in the air as the tune moved to a crescendo."
Author: Victoria Kahler

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