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  • Bernie Worrell, 'Wizard Of Woo,' Dies At 72

    06/25/2016 9:04:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | June 24, 2016
    Keyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell, who helped shape the sound of the band Parliament-Funkadelic and influenced countless artists across a wide range of genres, died Friday at 72. Worrell announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. His musical life began early — according to his official biography, he started studying piano at age 3, wrote his first concerto at age 8 and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., at 10. The classically trained keyboardist (he studied at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music) made his name — and an...
  • Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

    02/02/2015 6:46:36 PM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2015 | Anastasia Tsioulcas
    Pianist Aldo Ciccolini was born in Naples, Italy, but he had a French soul. A passionate champion of French composers, he recorded more than 50 albums, mostly of French repertoire, and along the way championed many underrepresented French composers, especially Erik Satie. Ciccolini died overnight Saturday at age 89, shortly after returning home to Asničres-sur-Seine in the Parisian suburbs from several weeks in the hospital for undisclosed treatments.
  • Keys to staying young: Bucks woman, 91, plays piano on Saturday nights

    08/30/2014 4:22:22 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jennifer Sheehan
    ta Bieber doesn't need sheet music. She just sits at a lovingly restored piano at McCoole's at the Historic Red Lion Inn in downtown Quakertown and lets her fingers fly. "I have about 120 songs in my head," the Kintnersville resident says. Bieber has fans that come to see nearly every one of her Saturday night performances. She very rarely misses a week at McCoole's piano. Little will stop her, not illness, surgeries or unrelenting snow. Pretty amazing when you consider she's 91 years old.
  • Concert of classical, piano, guitar music in Austin August 9? Help

    08/07/2014 4:53:26 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 3 replies
    7 August 2014 | Mene
    Anyone have any information on any venue of any kind in Austin Saturday, August 9 where one could listen to some pretty music? Interested in classical, guitar, piano, etc. and would be most grateful. That failing, anyone know of a venue where one could watch a good quality foreign film with an actual plot?
  • Mozart Bond

    03/18/2014 11:26:07 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 19, 2007 | iBand IguJoo
    Mozart Bond
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s viola organista debuts … 500 years after its design

    12/02/2013 9:57:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It looks and plays like a piano, but it sounds like a string quartet — and it took 500 years before anyone built it. Leonardo da Vinci’s flight of fancy in designing a hammerless piano, called a “viola organista,” has come to life half a millenium after da Vinci designed it, thanks to a Polish concert pianist and musical engineer. It couldn’t have sounded any better in da Vinci’s head (via Brad Thor and Dan Gainor): A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up...
  • Listen To A Crazy Piano Invented By Leonardo Da Vinci

    11/23/2013 10:55:16 AM PST · by Dysart · 24 replies
    Leonardo da Vinci, in between doing stuff like painting the best-known piece of art in the world, apparently had time to sketch up a quick blueprint for an instrument: the "viola organista," a piano-violin hybrid that he never built. It looks just like a piano, and plays like one, too, but instead of the hammers that connect to strings and play notes, cranks wrapped with horse-hair like violin bows rub the strings. The resulting sound is familiar but strange, something like a church organ that's just a little on the tipsy side.
  • Concerto for Piano and YouTube

    10/11/2013 1:49:55 PM PDT · by Borges · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/11/2013 | VIVIEN SCHWEITZER
    Visitors browsing through the YouTube channel of the pianist Valentina Lisitsa can watch her in hundreds of videos. There are live webcams of her practicing at her home in North Carolina, long blonde hair tossing and brow furrowed in concentration as she reads through new works. There she is in a red gown playing Schumann’s “Traumerei” at a concert in Seoul, and recording Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 at the Abbey Road Studios in London. Ms. Lisitsa, 43, resurrected a completely stalled career through YouTube.
  • Old Piano Adventure The Saloon Sound

    Guy buys a 100-year-old saloon piano for $75 and coaxes magic out of it.
  • The Making of a Steinway - A Steinway & Sons Factory Tour Narrated by John Steinway (video only)

    08/03/2013 8:00:23 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies ^ | 9-22-2011 | Steinway & Sons
    The making of a Steinway piano is a time-honored process involving the hands of many skilled craftspeople over the course of almost a full year. Steinway & Sons pianos are built in just two factories worldwide - one in Astoria, NY and one in Hamburg, Germany. Both factories have been building pianos for well over a century, and although Steinway has always been at the cutting edge in utilizing and perfecting the latest technology where it could make the piano better, we have found that certain things are simply better when done by skilled craftspeople than by a machine. For...
  • QUAERITUR: Music during the consecration

    07/09/2012 1:12:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 9, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Lately, the music director at our church has been “tickling the ivories” during the Consecration. While at the piano, in the front of church (naturally), he has been playing tunes, based on hymms for sure, on the piano during the entire Consecration (with a well timed pause during the elevation). It’s not irreverent, but it does sound like “lounge music“. [As the non-liturgical instrument, the piano, nearly always does.] I find it annoying, and keep wondering when Tony Bennett comes on stage (I’m kidding, of course). [Put a brandy snifter with a dollar bill on the piano next time...
  • Talented Singing Dog Video

    11/18/2011 5:56:19 AM PST · by randita · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/18/11 | You Tube
    This adorable dog sings AND plays the piano.Singing Dog
  • 5 Browns Dad Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Famous Daughters

    02/17/2011 12:39:23 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 15 replies
    E! ^ | 02/17/2011 | Staff
    UPDATE: Keith Brown has just pleaded guilty today to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children. The 5 Browns patriarch is facing 10 years to life on a sodomy charge and up to 15 years for two counts of sexl abuse. Per the Salt Lake City Tribune, sentencing is set for March, however, in a deal worked out with prosecutors, the sentences are expected to run concurrently. Big Love this is not. More like Sick Love, if the allegations are true. The father of Utah's classical piano-playing sibling sensations the 5 Browns has been charged with sexually abused three...
  • Father of The 5 Browns faces sex abuse charges

    02/15/2011 5:35:05 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 9 replies
    deseret news ^ | 2/15/2011 | Steve Fidel
    ALPINE — The father of The 5 Browns performing group faces felony child sex abuse charges that were filed several days before he and his wife were critically injured in a spectacular car crash Monday evening. Keith Scott Brown, 55, was charged in 4th District Court on Feb. 10 with one count of sodomy on a child, a first degree felony, and two counts of sex abuse of a child, a second degree felony. Police have been working on the case for several months, and that the resulting charges are part of a plea agreement Brown was expected to plead...
  • Grand piano appears on sandbar

    01/25/2011 12:46:33 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 104 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 25, 2011
    MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Authorities in Florida said they have no plans to remove a grand piano that mysteriously appeared on a sandbar near a condominium building. Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the piano, which recently appeared on the Biscayne Bay sandbar about 200 yards from Quayside condominiums in Miami Shores, will not be removed unless it's found to pose a danger to boaters or wildlife, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. "We are not responsible for removing such items," Pino said. "Even a car can become a habitat for wildlife. Unless the item...
  • Chinese pianist plays anti-American song at US State dinner for Chinese premier.

    Doesnt the State Department review this stuff beforehand???
  • Bernie Madoff's Slippers, Piano Can Be Yours at Auction

    10/20/2010 9:16:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/20/10
    Madoff's Slippers, Piano Can Be Yours at AuctionFeds to Sell Disgraced Financier's Personal Items in NYC; All Proceeds Will Benefit His Wronged Investors NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2010 (AP) More than 400 of Bernard Madoff's possessions are heading for the auction block in New York City. The items include Madoff's black velveteen slippers, embroidered in gold with "BLM," a Steinway piano and his wife Ruth's 10.5-carat diamond ring. The U.S. Marshals Service will be selling the disgraced financier's personal items on Nov. 13 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. They are the last items taken from Madoff's Manhattan...
  • From Bach to Rock: Musicians plunk out tunes on public pianos intalled at NYC landmarks

    06/21/2010 1:05:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-21-10 | SARA KUGLER FRAZIER
    NEW YORK — Music lovers played piano and sang along with strangers over an orchestra of horns, sirens and jackhammers — drawing applause from taxi cabs and sidewalk audiences — on the first day dozens of pianos were placed throughout the city as part of a public art project. Amid the rush of Times Square, on a traffic triangle in the East Village and in a park with the Statue of Liberty in the background, players flocked to the 60 pianos Monday. "This is the first time I've ever touched a piano," said Lynette Morris, a 52-year-old hospital maintenance worker...
  • Hank Jones, Versatile Jazz Pianist, Is Dead at 91

    05/18/2010 11:39:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 159+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/17/2010 | PETER KEEPNEWS
    Hank Jones, whose self-effacing nature belied his stature as one of the most respected jazz pianists of the postwar era, died on Sunday in the Bronx. He was 91. His death, at Calvary Hospital Hospice, was announced by his longtime manager, Jean-Pierre Leduc. Mr. Jones lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and also had a home in Hartwick, N.Y. Mr. Jones spent much of his career in the background. For three and a half decades he was primarily a sideman, most notably with Ella Fitzgerald; for much of that time he also worked as a studio musician on...
  • Your Grandparents Are Cooler Than You (Video)

    03/01/2010 12:22:32 AM PST · by bogusname · 10 replies · 776+ views
    Live Leak ^ | Feb 28 2010 | e4bannan
    Yep. Much cooler. Granny and grampy walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They proceed to get down with their bad selves. They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year.
  • The great master pianist Earl Wild has died

    01/23/2010 8:45:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 723+ views
    ...he passed comfortably in his home in Palm Springs California after a long illness. Cause of death was congestive heart disease...
  • Young Pianist Thrust Into Elite Group

    01/07/2010 5:42:03 AM PST · by sitetest · 7 replies · 605+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 6, 2010 | DANIEL J. WAKIN
    Odd, the pianist Kirill Gerstein thought. A music critic from Houston was coming to interview him in Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Gerstein’s manager had arranged the meeting, at the Omni Hotel’s J bar, to coincide with a run of concerts last November. Might as well meet the writer, the pianist thought. Kirill Gerstein, a naturalized American citizen of Russian origin, is the latest recipient of the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award. But instead of a critic waiting at the bar, it was the man from the Gilmore festival. And in his hand was an envelope proclaiming Mr. Gerstein the latest winner of...
  • Piano Wreckage at Ithaca College

    12/16/2009 10:47:27 AM PST · by bs9021 · 15 replies · 1,011+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | December 16, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Piano Wreckage at Ithaca College Bethany Stotts, December 16, 2009 The Ithacan Online reported on Monday that person(s) had vandalized more than 60 pianos in college’s practice rooms over the weekend. And this wasn’t just scratches, it was violent vandalism: More than 60 pianos were damaged Saturday night in the first floor practice rooms in the Whalen School of Music… Sophomore Andrew Thomson, a composition and instrumental major, said he went into the first floor of the Whalen Center to retrieve some equipment and found damaged equipment in all of the practice rooms. “Two or three [pianos] were flipped completely...
  • Older gentleman and lady playing a piano in the lobby of the Mayo Clinic.

    This older couple is delightful, he's 90. Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Iowa couple whose piano duet in the atrium of Mayo Clinic’s Gonda building has been viewed more than 2 million times since April 7, were featured May 26, on Good Morning America. Fantastic! Brought a smile to my face! It's so nice to see a loving couple enjoying every second of life together.
  • The piano's status in U.S. living rooms is declining

    05/17/2009 5:13:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 867+ views
    LATimes ^ | 5/16/09 | Mary MacVean
    They were once a symbol of success and a love of music.Giovanni Lovatelli and his family lucked into a long-term loan of a 1948 baby grand piano when a friend moved to New York years ago. Five-year-old Giacomo began taking lessons, practicing diligently for a year or so. "We had to keep pushing a little bit," Lovatelli said, adding that he promised a basketball hoop if his son persevered through his teacher's recital.
  • Krystian Zimerman's shocking Disney Hall debut

    04/27/2009 12:29:56 PM PDT · by ggrrrrr23456 · 108 replies · 4,471+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | Mark Swed
    Poland's Krystian Zimerman, widely regarded as one of the finest pianists in the world, created a furor Sunday night in his debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall when he announced this would be his last performance in America because of the nation's military policies overseas. Before playing the final work on his recital, Karol Szymanowski’s "Variations on a Polish Folk Theme," Zimerman sat silently at the piano for a moment, almost began to play, but then turned to the audience. In a quiet but angry voice that did not project well, he indicated that he could no longer play in...
  • Heeah Lee: The Four Fingered Pianist

    04/26/2009 8:02:37 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies · 439+ views
  • Yamaha's Digital Grand Piano

    02/26/2009 6:43:18 PM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies · 695+ views ^ | 2/20/2009 | Sean Captain
    Link Only Allowed Pics and video at the link
  • * Video Entertainment Break * This 14 year old Piano Player should put a smile on your face

    10/12/2008 1:22:22 AM PDT · by davidosborne · 18 replies · 716+ views
    YouTube - Matthewspiano ^ | OCT 2008 | Matthewspiano I am a 14 year old pianist who has been taking lessons since I was four. Although challenged with Tourettes Syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome, Dyslexia and ADHD, I have been performing live since the age of six
  • Lou Teicher achieved stardom as half of popular piano pair (Ferrante & Teicher)

    08/05/2008 6:11:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies · 456+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | August 5, 2008 | Mark Zaloudek
    SARASOTA - Lou Teicher, half of the famed pianist duo of Ferrante & Teicher, died unexpectedly Sunday of heart failure at his summer home in Highlands, N.C. He was 83.
  • Inspirational Videos

    06/12/2008 3:08:05 PM PDT · by Tai_Chung · 1 replies · 47+ views
  • Amazing finger dexterity [Liszt Ping]

    04/28/2008 10:15:36 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 9 replies · 114+ views
    YouTube ^ | 1950s | Franz Liszt/Pianist G. Cziffra
    Amazing piano pyrotechnics from Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Cziffra. Performance was apparently from the 1950s. The music was one of Franz Liszt's "lighter" pieces...
  • Amazing Young Pianists

    03/31/2008 1:47:31 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 4 replies · 145+ views
    Jordan Adams A 2000 CBS article on Jordan:A Piano Virtuoso At Age 5, His Feet Don't Even Reach The Pedals Aimi Kobayashi
  • Will there ever be another Glenn Gould?

    09/25/2007 4:38:33 AM PDT · by sitetest · 32 replies · 439+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | September 23, 2007 | John Terauds
    More has been said and written about Glenn Gould than about any other classical musician of the 20th century. The late pianist and broadcaster is classical music's Elvis, growing larger in death than he was in an already public life. Only instead of Elvis's kitsch factor, he had a peculiar geek factor. Instead of helping popularize a new kind of music, like Elvis with rock 'n' roll, Gould made an old kind of music sound new again. As we approach what would have been his 75th birthday on Tuesday – and the 25th anniversary of his death on Oct. 4...
  • The piano-playing cat who caused an internet sensation

    04/23/2007 8:48:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies · 585+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 16:07pm on 23rd April 2007
    The latest star to shoot out of YouTube knows the benefit of practice to make you purrfect. Nora the piano-playing puss has caused an internet-frenzy, with 2.5 million viewers across the globe logging on to see her antics. Nora looks cool as a cucumber as she wows her audience Her musical stylings probably won't impress true aficionados of classical music. Aficionados of cats, however, will want to watch her over and over again.
  • I'll show you some ivory ticklin'[Piano-playing cat]

    02/12/2007 5:13:56 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 35 replies · 740+ views
    Clickee the linkee.
  • For the Musically Inclined: Piano Heaters/Humidifiers

    10/29/2006 8:27:28 PM PST · by Blogger · 11 replies · 2,245+ views
    Self ^ | October 29, 2006 | Blogger
    I am the pianist at our church and we have a baby grand in the sanctuary. We recently purchased a new centralized air/heat system which the church shuts off during off hours. As a result, the temperature can drop into the low 60s and even 50s each night and rise to the high 60s low 70s during the daytime. We live in an area that is highly humid as well during the summer, but with the heat on in the winter tends to get a little dry. Does anyone know about Piano heaters and humidifier/dehumidifers. Would it be worth purchasing?...
  • Piano found on Britain's highest mountain

    05/18/2006 11:36:30 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 165 replies · 3,876+ views
    Scottish Press Association ^ | May 17, 2006 | Scottish Press Association
    A musical mystery today surrounded Britain's highest mountain after a piano was discovered near its summit. Volunteers clearing stones from the 4,418ft peak were astonished when they discovered the musical instrument on Ben Nevis. An appeal has now been launched to find out how and why the piano came to be within 200 metres of the top of the mountain. The piano was recovered at the weekend by 15 volunteers from the John Muir Trust, the conservation charity which owns part of Ben Nevis. The squad was removing litter and stones called cairns from the summit plateau when they spotted...
  • Edward MacDowell's piano music

    03/04/2006 6:41:48 AM PST · by John McDonnell · 5 replies · 277+ views
    Those who wrestle against forces opposed to freedom occasionally need refuge from the daily flak of lies fired off by the "drive-by media". One soul-reviving refuge can be found in music of various kinds. The American composer Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) produced many musical works that I find refreshing, especially his Second Concerto for piano and orchestra and his Second Suite for orchestra. I also enjoy playing, on the piano, pieces from his Woodland Sketches, Sea Pieces, Fireside Tales, New England Idyls, and other works. Because I like MacDowell's music, I have produced, using NoteWorthy Composer software, the largest MIDI collection...
  • The case for past lives (Dave Barry) Lol

    01/22/2006 7:14:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 781+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | DAVE BARRY
    The case for past lives BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on Jan. 19, 1997.) To be honest, I had completely forgotten that in a former life I was Mozart. You know how certain things tend to slip your mind, like where you left your car keys, or the fact that you used to be a brilliant Austrian composer who died in 1791? Well, that's exactly what happened to me. I was reminded of my former life recently when I received a book called ''Spirit at Work,'' by Lois Grant, who has had a number...
  • Piano Man [Leno guest]

    01/04/2006 2:24:35 PM PST · by Lathspell · 6 replies · 1,131+ views
    Piano Man
  • Public Rushes to Help Identify Mystery Piano Man

    05/17/2005 3:11:41 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 15 replies · 1,025+ views ^ | 5/16/05 | unknown
    LONDON (AFP) - Police and social workers sifted through public responses to an appeal to identify a mystery piano player who was found wandering, soaked and confused on an English beach last month. Orchestras across Europe have been contacted as part of a broad effort to identify the young blond-haired man who is now being held in a secure mental health unit in the southeastern Kent region. The Medway Maritime Hospital, where he first received care, said the man had not spoken since being found soaking wet on the beach of the coastal town of Sheerness dressed in a chic...
  • Identity of Mystery 'Piano Man' Might Never Be Known, Say Doctors

    08/16/2005 12:11:54 PM PDT · by sitetest · 73 replies · 1,852+ views
    Agent France-Press / via Andante ^ | August 9, 2005 | Unknown
    LONDON, August 8 (AFP) — Doctors fear that the identity of a mysterious mute pianist found wandering on an English beach in April might never be known, a British newspaper reported today. "We have discounted a lot of the names and continue to look at those which remain. But there is no obvious lead — we haven't had someone bashing down the door saying, 'This is my son' or 'This is my brother'," an official at the Little Brook Hospital in Dartford, Kent, southeast England told The Independent. "Given the enormous amount of publicity about Piano Man, we think it...
  • Teen pianist sues teacher over Carnegie Hall spat

    07/29/2005 10:03:11 AM PDT · by Millee · 9 replies · 370+ views
    A 16-year-old pianist is suing his teacher, claiming she confronted him on stage during a Carnegie Hall competition and slammed the keyboard cover on his fingers as they argued over what piece he would play. Bryan O'Lone of Vineland also claims that Yalena Ivanov publicly berated him during the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey event, stripped him of a $350 prize he had earned at an earlier organization event and barred him from taking part in a trip to a musical festival in Italy. The teen and his family are seeking unspecified damages and a public apology from Ivanov,...
  • New pope's style takes shape

    07/18/2005 7:29:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies · 696+ views ^ | 07-17-05 | Roland Flamini
    Analysis: New pope's style takes shape UPI - Sunday, July 17, 2005   Date: Sunday, July 17, 2005 11:51:21 PM EST By ROLAND FLAMINI, Chief International CorrespondentWASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- When Pope Benedict XVI left Rome for his two-week vacation in a chalet in the Aosta Valley in the Italian Alps last week he took with him a piano and three suitcases of books. This was a significant change from his more athletic predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who spent his holidays in the same location, but packed a knapsack and hiking boots.Pope Benedict may have been chosen...

    06/12/2005 3:45:18 PM PDT · by marblehead17 · 12 replies · 476+ views
    Federal Review ^ | 06-12-2005 | marblehead17
    This is one amazing woman. She takes the time to play piano for the sick grandaughter, Charity Sunshine, of Rep. Tom Lantos (D CA). Ms. Sunshine is a soprano that suffers from pulmonary hypertension, which can be fatal, and there is no cure."An Evening of Music, Friendship and Awareness" and hosted by Lantos, she drew the secretary of state to play selections by Verdi, Mozart and Jerome Kern. Read more HERE
  • Piano Man Hunt Switches To Prague

    05/29/2005 5:57:15 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 1,103+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-30-2005 | David Sapsted
    Piano Man hunt switches to Prague By David Sapsted (Filed: 30/05/2005) The hunt to establish the identity of the "Piano Man" switched to Prague yesterday on the basis of a 22-year-old picture of a teenager with a stocking over his head. The name Tomas Strnad has came to the fore as a possible identity for the mute man found wandering by a beach on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, almost two months ago who reportedly "comes alive" when he plays the piano. The picture of Mr Strnad, reproduced yesterday in a tabloid newspaper, was supplied by Klaudius Kryspin, a Czech...
  • Habemus Pianist: The Pope on Music

    05/06/2005 4:50:01 PM PDT · by ELS · 48 replies · 2,956+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 1, 2005 | DANIEL J. WAKIN
    ope Benedict XVI is a pianist with a penchant for Mozart, which he is said to find more manageable than Brahms, given the limited amount of time he has to practice. (Until his election, he was one of the busiest cardinals in his role as chief interpreter and enforcer of doctrine.) His brother, a priest, was a church Kapellmeister. The Ratzinger boys were born in the part of Bavaria long under the influence of Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace. As a theologian, he has occasionally revealed some of his thinking about music. When it comes to popular forms, he can be harsh....
  • Ghost Concert to Revive Music of the Past

    04/21/2005 4:14:05 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 422+ views
    YahooNews/AFP ^ | Apr 20, 2005
    Ghost concert to revive music of the past Wed Apr 20, 2005 PARIS (AFP) - Music lovers in North Carolina are due for a strange treat next month. They will hear two piano virtuosi in concert... but both musicians are long dead. The music will be played on a grand piano that has been specially programmed to give a note-perfect, live rendition of ancient recordings made by Alfred Cortot in 1928 and Glenn Gould in 1962. "The piano will replicate every note struck, down to the velocity of the hammer and position of the key when it was played," the...
  • Power Plant Shut -- to Tune Piano

    05/28/2004 9:12:04 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 6 replies · 141+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 5/28/2004
    Power Plant Shut -- to Tune Piano OSLO (Reuters) - One of the Nordic region's biggest power stations shut Friday to let an expert tune a grand piano for a concert undisturbed by the hum of huge hydroelectric generators. "When you put a big piano in there, you also need to tune it, and that is very difficult if the machines are running," said Tron Engebrethsen, senior vice president at Norwegian power company Statkraft. The generators will be switched back on after Friday evening's concert which is being staged in an enormous underground hall at the 1,120-megawatt Sima power plant....