Wednesday, November 20, 2013
WHAT PASSES FOR CONFIRMATION IN THE BLOGOSPHERE
Seth, who tells us a lovely story about himself, speculates that the Einstein story is an urban legend. A little surfing brought me to this site. If it is really true that Einstein once played chamber music with Arthur Schnabel, then maybe he wasn't a complete patzer. I myself would be mortified to play with a great musician, even if I were the world's greatest physicist, or whatever. I would be too conscious of the intense musical pain I would be causing the musician, regardless of whether she smiled and nodded and put on a good face. For me [and for many amateur chamber players, I would imagine] the ideal is to play with three quartet mates who are a bit better than I, but not too much, and who are generous and tolerant besides. That is the circumstance I was fortunate to be in for eight lovely years in Pelham, Massachusetts. We shall see this evening whether I can manage to count correctly in the Adagio, ma non troppo of K516.