Sunday, 18 March 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

What Brahms Said
Toronto, Ontario
I received an email from Vrnda Dasi, our fine facilitator in our ISKCON Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I'll share her letter:
"Haribol, Maharaja! Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I just came across this tidbit today, and of course it reminded me of you. Thank you for visiting us. Hope your health is continuing to improve. Your humble servant, Vrnda dd.

Florence May: 'How can I most quickly improve?'
Johannes Brahms: 'You must walk constantly in the forest.'

A little background: Florence May (1845 - 1923) was a talented English pianist who had travelled to study piano technique under Clara Schumann but who ended up as a pupil of Brahms himself. She later wrote a two-volume biography of Brahms.

Brahms was a supremely accomplished pianist (when he went on tour he never bothered to take any music), composer and conductor given to perfectionism, grumpiness, verbal asperity, charity, fine cigars and... long walks in the Vienna woods. She asked him how she could play the piano better, and he told her to head for the forest.

Her fingers had done all they could. After that, only the forest could help."

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