“The Circle of Love”
This is probably the simplest and most direct statement that I can make about music.
The composer must have in mind only the creation of a message of love of humanity and hope for its welfare.
The performer, likewise, must cast aside all thoughts of his self- interest, and with love, with caring devotion, receive the message of love from the composer and as a communion give this to the audience.
The audience must fervently desire to receive this love, and as fervently desire to return it to the performer and to the composer.
Thus, the circle of love is created for the enrichment of all. As Beethoven wrote: “From the heart may it go to the heart.”
Extract from the book
The Pulse of Music