height=Checking in late (two days after his birthday) with my favorite Feldman memory: it was back in the 70s when I was a teenager — right at that age when we were convinced we knew what was important and what was frivolous. One of us made a snorting, dismissive comment about Copland, and he fixed us with a fierce stare and said, “Never underestimate the amount of skill and concentration that Copland put into choosing every note.”

Great, great lesson, and one that has stuck with me to this day: critique the music, not the style.

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