It all started with a little concert [1999]

Without music, life would be a mistake
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

Music, when soft voices die
Vibrates in the memory
(George Gordon, Lord Byron)

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats
(Albert Schweitzer)

There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself
(Johann Sebastian Bach)

We had a piano in our house, two violas and a violin, a recorder and some percussion instruments to start with. But it was always clear to us that the boys – if they showed any interest in playing an instrument at all – should be completely free in their choice. Learning the piano only because there is one standing in the living room makes no sense. Forcing a child to practise the violin is a particular form of torture – for everybody. So much for the theory. In practice, the result was that we added a double bass and a saxophone to our collection some twelve years ago and both boys are still happy with their choice. Since 2007, we also have a gamba in the house. We have even started to make music together as a family, which is a true delight.

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