Preview: "What's Russian for 'music to our ears'?"

The Philadelphia Daily News interviewed me in this past Sunday's edition and one of the questions led me to recall some memorable words of Schnabel:

The great pianist Arthur Schnabel, whose student Maria Curcio was one of my teachers, famously said that great music is better than it can ever be performed. Without that awesome sense of an unbridgeable impossible gulf between the possible and the ideal, why go into music to dream small dreams? Facing impossible challenges is what keeps us going.