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#1. The Violin of my dreams. If you wanna play a pianissimo that is almost inaudible and yet it carries through a hall that seats 3,000 people, there's your Strad. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#2. I always consider myself lucky that I can actually cry listening to some music. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#3. Every musical phrase has a purpose. It's like talking. If you talk with a particular purpose, people listen to you, but if you just recite, it's not as meaningful. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#4. I listen to kids play a lot. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#5. I couldn't only do one thing
I don't want the personal hell of oneness. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#6. A sponge has that much absorbent capability and after a while you can pour water over it and nothing stays. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#7. I do three things. I do teaching, I do conducting and I do playing. And each one of those sort of helps the other. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#8. Preparing for a future in music is an expensive proposition. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#9. Same thing with harmonies. If you hear something that harmonically is interesting, express it. So that's what I'm saying about talking the music rather than just playing through. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#10. The most important thing to do is really listen. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#11. For every child prodigy that you know about, at least 50 potential ones have burned out before you even heard about them. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#12. I don't feel that the conductor has real power. The orchestra has the power, and every member of it knows instantaneously if you're just beating time. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#13. Ask many of us who are disabled what we would like in life and you would be surprised how few would say, 'Not to be disabled.' We accept our limitations. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#14. If you play something well, I don't care what it is. I mean, I don't play an electric [violin] - I tried. It's actually interesting. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#15. This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in five or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#16. I can actually see the sound in my head. I can actually see it ... But each sound is different so this one has that sparkle, there is a sparkle to the sound. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#17. Another thing that I don't like to do is show too much how it goes. I do it once in a blue moon. Sometimes there are lessons when I don't pick up a violin at all. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#18. I feel that you always pay when you are a child. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#19. Beethoven concertos ... Tchaicovsky concertos ... with a lot of these wonderful masterpieces there's always something wonderful to find ... there's always something new to find ... - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#20. Trust your ability! - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#21. So many things can drive you mad as a child, not only music. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#22. I'm just a one-instrument player. I have been known to play a blender, but I basically play - just play the violin. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#23. This has been my vocation to make music of what remains. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#24. Competition can be the most nerve-racking experience. Some people just thrive on it. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#25. I don't walk on stage unless I'm playing with a orchestra. But when I play a recital, I'm sort of on a scooter, and I just scoot very quickly on stage, and they're saying, wow, look at this. He's so fast. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#26. Everybody has a different kind of talent and a different timetable as to when they develop .. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#27. I always say separate your abilities from your disabilities. You know, if I could play the violin, I don't have to play it standing up. I can play it sitting down and so on. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#28. You get more nervous in front of a lot of people. That's why, when you play a concerto, you play with a small orchestra, in some place where you don't feel that it is as important as Carnegie Hall. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#29. I love to work with young kids. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#30. Child prodigy is a curse because you've got all those terrible possibilities. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#31. This machine, the wheelchair, I can go all over the place, but you need a place without stairs to get in. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#32. In Paris they have special wheelchairs that go through every doorway. They don't change the doorways, they change the wheelchairs. To hell with the people! If someone weighs a couple more pounds, that's it! - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#33. That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#34. There are people who are uncanny, who are finished products at a young age. I wasn't, thank God. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#35. Don't play the way it goes. Play the way it is. And the way it is every time you play it, it's slightly different. Look for something. So that's the challenge not to be bored. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#36. Sometimes you get from the mouth of kids wonderful things. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#37. You decide to be a musician, you have to put in the time. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#38. A Century of Wisdom is universal and will enrich readers for generations to come. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#39. That's the goal, to survive your gift. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#40. One must always practice slowly. If you learn something slowly, you forget it slowly. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#41. Any gifted child can potentially get in real trouble because of the way they are handled. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#42. For people who are really talented, what you don't say becomes extremely important. You have to judge what to say and what to leave alone so you can let the talent develop. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#43. In difficult times, people just like to hear music. They like to be moved by what they hear. And music speaks different languages. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#44. A lot of people like to think that polio was a inspiration in what I do. I think that music has to do with what kind of passion do you have. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#45. I look at raising funds for The Perlman Music Program as a challenge and as a way to provide opportunities for people who care about the future of classical music. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#46. I am playing the violin, that's all I know, nothing else, no education, no nothing. You just practice every day. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#47. I can't walk very well, but I'm not onstage to do walking. I'm on the stage to play. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#48. Not many people like it when they get criticism. Of course, if you have someone who does tell you and you do have a rapport, that's great. But don't rely on it. You have to rely on yourself. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#49. Sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#50. Never miss an opportunity to teach; when you teach others, you teach yourself. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#51. Perhaps our task in this shaky, fast-changing, bewildering world in which we live is to make music, at first with all that we have, and then, when that is no longer possible, to make music with what we have left. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#52. There is nothing like a fine Italian sound. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#53. The thing is that what you try to do when you play is you try to play not below a certain level. In other words, it can be a special day where it would be phenomenal, but if it's not below a certain level, that's the goal. You know, that's what you want to do. That's why you practice and so on. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#54. I'm now doing three things: concerts, conducting, and teaching, and they each support each other. I learn to see things from different perspectives and listen with different ears. The most important thing that you need to do is really listen. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#55. Heard Ori Kam and was deeply impressed with his achievements as a violist. His technical and interpretive skills are truly unique. I see a great future for him. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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#56. When you play a concerto with a small orchestra, you don't feel it is as important as Carnegie Hall. You try to work out all the little problems. Once that's all done, trust comes in. - Author: Itzhak Perlman
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