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I assure you, no matter how beautifully we play any piece, the minute Liszt plays it, you would scarcely recognize it!
But I hope at least to play to him a few times, and what is more important, to hear him play repeatedly.
When we were mounted Mac leaned over and muttered an admonitory word for Piegan's ear alone.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
What the ear hears is the fundamental pitch only; the overtones harmonize with the primary or fundamental tone, and enrich it.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
To fill up the time till Liszt came, our hostess made us play, one after the other, beginning with the latest arrival.
Again the sallow fingers began to play with the book-covers, passing from one to another, but always slowly and gently.
BELLA DONNAROBERT HICHENS
Her attachment to impressionism leads this artist to many experiments in color—or, as one critic wrote, "to play with color."
Our class has swelled to about a dozen persons now, and a good many others come and play to him once or twice and then go.
It was one day when a student from the Stuttgardt conservatory attempted to play the Sonata Appassionata.

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