01. July 2009 · Comments Off on Robert Levin Speech · Categories: Other People's Words

Playing, singing is not merely a matter of expertise […] the industry wants you to think that’s the case […] the real question is, “what do you have to say?” […] Your job is to keep people up at night.

I can’t listen and still type well or I’d get more down here. (I think I’ll look for a transcript of the speech.) For now, though, go here and listen to pianist and scholar Robert Levin speak at the 2009 Curtis commencement. It’s worth your time, I promise you.

“You have to make our art new. Without that renewal, it dies.”

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