Saturday, September 16, 2006


"The Irish composer John Field reported on Czerny's veritable "composition factory" upon visiting his teaching studio in Vienna. Czerny would sit at a giant table together with his student assistants and have them plug in predetermined, formulaic chord progressions and melodic patterns as fast as they could move their pens (which, having suffered through their teacher's School of Velocity, must have indeed been fast), in order to satisfy the thriving amateur market and fatten his pocketbook."

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