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Hephzibah Menuhin

  • Sometimes, when I play music, I feel as if I am giving life. ... It isn't just notes on the paper anymore: you are recreating the thought, transmitting it. It becomes shareable, but it can never be kept. You go through and at the same time you let go of the experience. That is part of the wonder of music: it can never be kept; it is ephemeral and at the same time enduring.

    • Hephzibah Menuhin,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()
  • I never like to play for myself, and that is why I don't own a grand piano. To play for yourself is like looking at yourself in a mirror. I like to practice; that is to work at a task. But to play there must be an audience. New things happen when you play for an audience. You don't know what will occur. You make discoveries with the music, and it is always the first time. It is an exchange, a communion.

    • Hephzibah Menuhin,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()
  • Freedom means choosing your burden.

    • Hephzibah Menuhin,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()
  • All of us are displaced. Few people live where their great-grandparents lived or speak the language their great-grandparents spoke.

    • Hephzibah Menuhin,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()

Hephzibah Menuhin, U.S.-Australian pianist, writer, human rights activist, linguist

(1920 - 1981)

Sister to violinist Yehudi Menuhin and to pianist, painter, and poet Yaltah Menuhin.