Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All Too Human (Menschliches, Allzumenschliches), subtitled A Book for Free Spirits (Ein Buch für freie Geister).

First published in 1878.   A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third part, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten), followed in 1880.

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MAKING THE AUDIENCE FORGET THE MASTER.  The pianist who performs the work of a master will have played best if he has made the audience forget the master, and if it has seemed that he were telling a tale from his own life, or experiencing something at that very moment.  To be sure, if he himself is nothing significant, everyone will curse his loquacity in telling about his life.  So he must understand how to capture the listener's imagination for himself.  On the other hand, this also explains all the weaknesses and follies of "virtuosity".  
 

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