638 – “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

–Ludwig van Beethoven [Attributed, likely apocryphal; See Source Notes for more info]

Quote Number:  351

Source: Attributed, likely apocryphal

Source Notes: While this quote does not appear in any known work of Beethoven’s, it is likely that he believed in this sentiment. Specifically, it is likely this quote comes from a description given by Ferdinand Ries, Beethoven’s piano pupil, which can be found online here.

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