Talk:Ludwig van Beethoven
To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable!
it goes around online, but i cannot find any source for this. maybe someone who speaks german can find the original?
- My guess is that it's made up. The earliest match I can find is from a 1997 magazine for school bands in the US: "Wrong notes are of little consequence, but to play without passion is inexcusable". Grover cleveland (talk) 15:44, 13 November 2015 (UTC)
- Not a direct quote, but Beethoven did say something along those lines ... according to this reddit discussion. Ferdinand Ries wrote about his experiences taking lessons from Beethoven. Look for (ctrl+F) 'fehlerhaftem Klavierspiel' (faulty piano performance) on this page and you'll see the exact excerpt in both English and German. --IIBewegung (talk) 05:22, 9 December 2015 (UTC)