As I was playing yesterday for the first time in public in about thirty years I was aware that  many people in the audience might not agree with my reading of Debussy or Mozart. I don't require that people agree with me or even that they approve of how I play. All I need is to know that they are paying attention.
I could taste them doing just that.
One of the very first public recitals I played in New York City was memorable in that, on the way home with some members of the audience there was a heated argument about my interpretation of whatever it was - I no longer recall.  Just before getting off the bus, however, one of them stopped and said:  "I didn't agree with what you did, but I realize that I heard every single note!"  
That's all I want: for you to pay attention.


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