On Interpretation: Composer Vs. Performer

Striking a balance between fidelity and freedom

By Arnold Steinhardt

Little Suzy was in the midst of working on a piece with her piano teacher when she suddenly stopped playing, crossed out Johann Sebastian Bach’s name at the top of the page and wrote her own name above it. “Why did you do that, Suzy?” her surprised teacher asked. “He’s not playing the piece. I am,” Suzy answered...

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