Glenn Kurtz

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Three Minutes in Poland: Di...

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“Music lives only in performance; only then does what we hear become real. Performing reveals everything we are able to show, and yet for this reason, the first time through, we often perform badly. And we yearn so deeply to go back again and correct our mistakes. Few yearnings are as profound in us, because the truth is, we cannot go back. Yet the fiction of practicing makes it seem as if we can, and this is enough to change our lives. Practice lets us grow in our own time, protected from the demands, the vitality and mortality, of each moment. Within the practice-room walls it often seems as if time really does stand still, as if we could always remain protected, practicing and improving forever. This illusion holds transformative power—but also a dangerous seduction. Practice, by itself, is a dream of perfection. Only performing can turn practice into shared life, where our own time may join with others’, becoming musical. Yet practicing is the necessary lie that lets us pause to collect ourselves. It is the inner life of performance, the inward turn that allows us to develop, to grow, to move forward having learned.”
Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music

“Of the approximately 2,900 Jewish Nasielskers who remained in Poland, fewer than ten survived the war.”
Glenn Kurtz, Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

“gradually understood that I wasn't practicing to play the guitar, but playing the guitar to learn about practicing.”
Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music

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