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The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erubus Let no such man be trusted ....  The Merchant of Venice, Act V Scene 1

By Artur Schnabel:

"Steinway refused to let me use their pianos unless I would give up playing the Bechstein piano - which I had used for so many years - in Europe. They insisted that I play on Steinway exclusively , everywhere in the world, otherwise they would not give me their pianos in the United States. That is the reason why from 1923 until 1930 I did not return to America." p84.

In 1930 - Steinway still refused to give me their pianos in the United States unless I would play on Steinway also in Europe. The solution found was that Bechstein decided to send two pianos for me from Germany to America, at their expense, since they were trying at the time to establish branches in the United States. In this they were not successful, since the depression came just then." p99. .."In 1933.. the University of Manchester ..decided to grant me an honorary doctor's degree..they called me the "Aristedes of Music"...In the same year Steinway changed their attitude and agreed to let me use their pianos in the united States, even if I continued elswhere to play the Bechstein. Thus from 1933 on, I went every year to America" p110,111

"I am ashamed to say that I know very little about the construction of a piano. I would not dare to take a keyboard out. I did that once when I was a boy - and many of the hammers broke.... Since then I have been very careful"

"All my life I have heard this talk about the power of art to bring people nearer to each other, that world peace will come only if more music is circulated and exchanged. Yet, I have seen people moved - as deeply moved and affected by music as is possible - and the next morning they would go into activities which you might call criminal and inhuman"

.. Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), in "My life and Music"

Regarding Cracks in Soundboards, Mozart wrote the following:

His (Johan Andreas Stein ) claviers are really durable,. He guarantees that the sounding board will not break or crack. When he has a sounding board ready for a clavier, he sets it out in the air, rain, snow, heat of the sun, and all hell, so that it cracks open: then he inserts wedges and glues them in, so that it becomes really strong and firm. He is quite glad when it cracks; you can be sure then that nothing more is going to happen to it. Quite often he even cuts into it himself and glues it together again and fixes it right”  - from Men, Women and Pianos, A Social History by Atrhur Loesser

Regarding Rehearsals

"The parts are written out correctly; you play right and so do I", Mozart told his colleagues before playing two concertos without any rehearsal at all in Leipzig on May 12, 1789.

"He (Mahler) devoted himself to the concerto until the accompaniment, which is quite complicated, had been practiced to the point of perfection, although he had already gone through another long rehearsal. According to Mahler, every detail of the score was important- an attitude too rare amongst conductors" - Rachmaninoffs remarks about Mahler to Riessmann concerning rehearsals of his 3rd Piano Concerto.