the piano is only a machine which compels the man or the woman who is playing it to go through motions which are always unpleasant and often ridiculous
The education of women at the present time, generally,—even in Germany, which is famous for its schools,—is without solid foundation, and altogether superficial and of no real worth. It consists usually in acquiring a smattering of two modern tongues and learning to play the piano, to which a wholly unreasonable amount of time is devoted
goddamned pianos, y’all
(yes, this is theoretically about Lucrezia. somehow.)
Ferdinand Gregorovius’s biography of Lucrezia is truly a work of art.