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Beethoven on playing his piano sonatas

June 1, 2008

This is a letter from Beethoven to Marie Pachler-Koschak, an amateur pianist and composer.


I am very happy at your granting an extra day; we shall have a lot of music. You will play me the Sonatas in F major and C minor? Will you not?
I have never met with any one who interprets my compositions so well as you. The great pianists not excepted; they are either mechanical or affected. You are the true foster-mother of the children of my intellect.

Beethoven’s Letters with explanatory notes by Dr. A.C. Kalischer, J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., London & Toronto, 1926, p.242.

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