Brendel, one of the greatest pianists and musical thinkers of our age, takes us on a musical voyage of discovery going behind the notes to explore the mysteries of music. Presented specifically to be recorded audio-visually, these lectures were held in rooms of the Salzburg Festival. They are informative and entertaining not only for experts but also for all lovers of music with an interest in deepening their understanding of the subject. Three lectures include: Does classical music have to be entirely serious?; Musical Character)s) as exemplified in Beethoven's piano sonatas; and Light and shade of interpretation.