Behind every great answer is a great structure

Behind every great answer is a great structure

In my job, heroes are like buses: you spend a long time waiting for one to come along and then two arrive at the same time. This was the case a couple of weeks ago when I played a Beethoven concert with the fabulous pianist Lang Lang on a Thursday night and then rehearsed the following morning with composer Marvin Hamlish, whose career has been punctuated by Emmys, Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes, a Tony and a Pulitzer prize. Now that the name-dropping is out of the way, I can get on to mention what struck me listening to Lang Lang’s beautiful performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.

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