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Touch

"The communication we transmit through touch constitute the most powerful means of establishing human relationships, the foundation of experience." - Ashley Montagu

"A hand that touches no longer totally belongs to the body from which it came. It and the object it touches or grasps together form something new, something else that has no name and that belongs to no one."
- Rilke, writing about Rodin's sculptural hands

(1) The resistance made to the fingers by the keys of a piano or organ. Thus the touch of the keyboard may be hard or light accordingly as the resistance is great or little. (2) The peculiar manner in which a player presses the keyboard, whether light, pearly, heavy, clumsy, firm, etc. (Stainer, John; Barrett, W.A.; A Dictionary of Musical Terms; Novello, Ewer and Co., London, pre-1900)

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