'Your audience always includes God'

A portrait of flutist Frances Blaisdell Williams

One of Frances Blaisdell's pupils, Bob Singer of Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, loved Bach and wanted to play his sonatas as often as possible. He worked really hard on them. But one day as he played a particularly difficult part with great accuracy and pride, Miss Blaisdell stopped him.

"No," said his teacher, "it's not good enough just to play the notes. Anyone can do that. You must understand that Bach wrote everything for the greater glory of God. Play with that in mind. Your audience always includes God."

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