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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My First Great Teacher - Pablo Casals

I am a man first, an artist second. As a man, my first
obligation is to the welfare of my fellow men. I will endeavor to
meet this obligation through music--the means which God
has given me--since it transcends language, politics
and national boundaries. My contribution to world peace
may be small, but at least I will have given all I can to an ideal
I hold sacred. -- Pablo Casals.

There is, of course, no substitute for work. I myself
practice constantly, as I have all of my life. I have been
told I play the cello with the ease of a bird flying.
I do not know with how much effort a bird learns to fly,
but I do know what effort has gone into my cello.
What seems ease of performance comes from the greatest labor.
-- Pablo Casals.


At 7:42 AM, Blogger Charles said...

This is an inspiring post. Thank you :)


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