September 30th, is the birthday of my beloved Maestro, Gaspar Cassadó (1897 to 1966).
He was the most generous and noble of men. I studied with him in Florence and Cologne for 5 years, from the age of 15 to 21.
He never charged my parents for his lessons - sometimes as long as 2 to 3 hours. He said to my father: “If I charged you what I thought my lessons were worth, you wouldn’t be able to afford it, so I won’t charge anything." I never, in all those years, heard him say anything negative about another person.
Please take 4 minutes and 15 seconds, sometime tomorrow, to listen to this great and poetic artist play the Eb Nocturne of Chopin.
I always carry his sound in my head when I am conducting an orchestra - so you are, in a sense, all musical grand-children of Cassadó.
Happy Birthday, Maestro!
Listen to Cassado's Chopin Nocturne