I Don't Like It


I have heard this before: People come to a performance, tell me quite emphatically that they did not like it, then confess, sometimes to their surprise, that they listened to and heard every note.  In other words, I had succeeded in compelling their attention.
That is all I aspire to do.  If I wanted to agree with anyone else's reading of a Mozart or a Brahms piece I would study their interpretation and imitate it.  Easy as pie.
What I always wanted to do was to hold the audience's attention the way mine had been held -- riveted, actually -- by Mozart sounds on the piano, and then by the playing of Horszowski and Rubinstein.


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