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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 3 (July 1, 1927)

Hours of Practice Daily

Hours of Practice Daily.

Paderewski's physical development has been modified by the tremendous amount of his piano practice. His hands are so delicate that quite an ordinary hearty handshake will make him wince. Yet his forearm shows a muscular development of which an athlete might be proud. Such a specialisation, resulting from years of practice, gives him an unrivalled command over his instrument. Perfect technique being taken for granted by him, he still deems hours of daily practice essential to perfect his interpretative powers. An interviewer once asked him how long he spent each day at the piano. “Why, always,” he answered, “one must always be at it to keep the fingers right and the memory active.” For weeks before a concert he has often played during fifteen hours out of each four-and-twenty.

It is understood that our distinguished visitor still practises ten hours daily.

Interior of parlour car used by Paderewski in New Zealand.

Interior of parlour car used by Paderewski in New Zealand.