„One needs only to study a certain positioning of the hand in relation to the keys to obtain with ease the most beautiful sounds, to know how to play long notes and short notes and to [attain] certain unlimited dexterity... A well formed technique, it seems to me, [is one] that can control and vary a beautiful sound quality.“

— Frédéric Chopin, As quoted in Chopin : Pianist and Teacher as Seen by His Pupils.
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