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Tash
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« on: August 07, 2006, 08:18:10 AM »

i want to put the quote where debussy says the thing about the piano having no hammers into a context- can anyone tell me when he actually said it? direct me to a book or something...thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2006, 04:47:32 PM »

all i found was 'music is the silence between the notes.'   

another 'in opera there is too much singing.'
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2006, 06:39:58 AM »

what's that got to do with debussy?
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2006, 10:16:44 AM »

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Therefore, Debussy's approach to piano was totally different from any other composers where he aimed at freeing the piano from its percussive sound. For him, the piano should sound as if it was instrument as if it has no hammers; the fingers should "penetrate the notes"; and the pedal should give the power for the piano to "breath".

Couldnt find any quotes from him though
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2006, 11:36:15 AM »

If there is such a quote it is obscure since I can't find it. Let alone find the context.
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2006, 10:35:13 PM »

'one must forget that the piano has hammers' that's the quote it's in like every single debussy book on the planet except they don't reference it and that's the annoying thing that's getting me stuck!
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2006, 09:04:47 AM »

Take a look at this site

http://www.djupdal.org/karstein/debussy/method/m08.shtml

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Marguerite Long also emphasizes this:

'One must forget that the piano has hammers,' was one of his most frequent sayings. [Long p. 13]
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2006, 07:09:05 AM »

excellent that's what i wanted thankyou! now just have to find long's book cos our uni library's a piece of crap...woohoo the con's got it now i'm happy:)
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