We have 3 young piano players in our home, and we are gearing up for the end-of-year recital. We’ve hit a little bit of a wall and needed some inspiration, so today we cleared off the piano, decided specifically what our focus would be, and set to work.
The picture on the wall behind our piano has been covered in quotes meant to inspire and motivate, many by famous composers and pianists. I thought I would share the quotes here with you, in case you’re needing a little inspiration – not just for piano, but for life. So here they are, in no particular order.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.”
“Nothing worth doing is ever easy.”
“Talent is good. Practice is better. Passion is best.”
“Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.”
“The piano is the easiest instrument to play in the beginning and the hardest to master in the end.” -Horowitz
“I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.” -Bach
“To play without passion is inexcusable.” -Beethoven
“Music can change the world.” -Beethoven
“Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”
“It is a mistake to think that practice of my art has become easy to me.” -Mozart
“There are and there will be thousands of princes. There is only one Beethoven.”
“Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” -Chopin
“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” -Stokowski
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” -Bernstein
“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”
“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” -Tchaikovsky
“Put all your soul into it, play the way you feel.” -Chopin
“I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wish to make them better.” -Handel
For the next few days, we’ll be adding to the quotes as we work to solidify and prepare the music for the recital. I’m excited to see how this final push, done differently than ever before, will work out.
I hope you’ve been able to find a little motivation as you read through the quotes!