Quotation by André Previn

The basic difference between classical music and jazz is that in the former the music is always greater than its performance—Beethoven's Violin Concerto, for instance, is always greater than its performance—whereas the way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being performed.
André Previn (b. 1929), German–born U.S. musician. quoted in "A Performer's Art," Serious MusicAnd All That Jazz!, Simon & Schuster (1969).

Interview with Miles Kington, jazz critic of the London Times, Fall 1967.
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