How Teresa Carreño gets practice time

One of the books that I dip into from time to time is Arrau on Music and Performance, written by Joseph Horowitz. Just today I picked up something that I missed when reading it the first time around, and that is Arrau’s reporting of a comment made by the great Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño. She had five children with three husbands and a common-law partner. Arrau met her after one of her concerts, and she said, “Oh, with all the children we have it’s so difficult to practice. I have a loaded gun on my piano. And I have threatened all my children—if they open the door, I shoot.”

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3 responses

  1. Well, you know Teresa Carreño lived in a time and place where having a pistol on the piano might not have been that unusual! Perhaps the story is apocryphal? Where I live owning a firearm or even a replica is illegal. The closest I can get to Ms Carreño’s firepower to keep my 14 cats away is a water pistol.

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