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Wanda Landowska

  • I never practice, I always play.

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • in Time ()
  • Oh, well, you play Bach your way. I'll play him his.

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • in Harold C. Schonberg, The Great Pianists ()
  • Jazz is not a game of chance. Its sonorous disorder is only an appearance. It is an organized force obeying obscure laws, conforming to a secret technique, codified or not, and we discover that no one can become a virtuoso on the spur of the moment in this orchestra of 'noisemakers.'

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • in Denise Restout, ed., Landowska on Music ()
  • Blessed is he who invented recording! But what a pity that he was not born centuries earlier! Think only of all that we would be able to hear and therefore understand better. Oh, the unending research in libraries and museums, the readings and collations of texts, the maddening desire to know the truth!

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • in Denise Restout, ed., Landowska on Music ()
  • The task of a teacher is not to work for the pupil nor to oblige him to work, but to show him how to work.

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • in Denise Restout, ed., Landowska on Music ()
  • The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. Oh, the passion for research and the joy of discovery!

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • in Denise Restout, ed., Landowska on Music ()
  • I hate the word practice. Practice breeds inurement. Instead of discovering, of distinguishing traits that are deeply hidden or merely veiled, one ends seeing nothing anymore. One ceases to be aware.

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • in Denise Restout, ed., Landowska on Music ()
  • The power and magic of music lie in its intangibility and its limitlessness. It suggests images, but leaves us free to choose them and to accommodate them to our pleasure.

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • in Denise Restout, ed., Landowska on Music ()
  • Friendship is more important than truth.

    • Wanda Landowska,
    • 1953, in Katherine Anne Porter, The Collected Essays and Occasional Writings of Katherine Anne Porter ()

Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist, pianist, composer, musicologist

(1879 - 1959)

Full name: Wanda Lew Landowska.