(photo Lipatti-Haskil Foundation)
Dinu Lipatti's Final Essay:
We must never forget that true and great music goes beyond its time: Bach desires the modern organ, with its innumerable registrations, Mozart asks for the pianoforte and decisively distances himself from the harpsichord, Beethoven demands our concert grand piano, of which Chopin is the first to develop its colors, while Debussy leaves in his Preludes glimpses of the Ondes Martinot. Therefore the wish to restore to music its earlier framework means the same as wanting to dress an adult in adolescent attire. This act might have some charm if one proposes a historical reconstruction, otherwise it is of no interest to those other than lovers of dead leaves and old drivel.
How right Stravinsky was when he said 'Music is the present'. Music has to live under our fingers, under our eyes, in our heart and mind with all that we can offer them.
"All that we can offer them".