“I saw empty pages with here and there what looked like Egyptian hieroglyphs, totally unintelligible to me, scribbled to serve as clues for him. He played nearly all of his part from memory, since, obviously, he had put so little on paper. So, whenever he reached the end of some invisible passage, he gave me a surreptitious nod and I turned the page. My anxiety not to miss such a nod amused him greatly and the recollection of it at our convivial dinner after the concert sent him into gales of laughter.”
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #3, with German pianist Christian Zacharias and the Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra, is today’s Midday Masterpiece at 2:00 pm.