„Those who look for contradictions will be amply satisfied. The profession of a performer is full of paradoxes, and he has to learn to live with them. He has to forget himself and control himself; he has to observe the composer's wishes to the letter and create the music on the spot; he has to be part of the music market and yet retain his integrity.“
— Alfred Brendel Austrian pianist, poet, and author 1931
Alfred Brendel (1976), as cited in: Benny Shanon (2013). The Representational and the Presentational. p. 380.