July 19, 2018 at 10:07pm

Thought I'd just share this interesting article I found on Spotify at https://insights.spotify.com/fi/2015/05/06/most-popular-keys-on-spotify/. It shows a pie chart that presents "The Most Popular Keys of All Music on Spotify." So, is C Major the most popular? Wrong.

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Adrian Huang

Strange, no Bb or Eb, I thought they should be quite popular.

September 12, 2018 at 10:03am
Gavin Koh

As for the chart, you should look for the enharmonic. A#/Bb and D#/Eb are slices of the pie.

If you go here, you can also see how popular is a key. It appears there are not as many songs in... See More

As for the chart, you should look for the enharmonic. A#/Bb and D#/Eb are slices of the pie.

If you go here, you can also see how popular is a key. It appears there are not as many songs in A#/Bb and D#/Eb.
http://www.songkeyfinder.com/learn/songs-in-key

September 12, 2018 at 1:52pm
Liew Soo Hin

I vaguely remember there are many pieces written in c# minor, but it's only 2.1%?

December 1, 2018 at 10:38am
Gavin Koh

If Spotify is biased towards modern music and not classical music, then it's missing out on a big part of history. And, hence, that may be why you think the data is skewed. Numbers are numbers... See More

If Spotify is biased towards modern music and not classical music, then it's missing out on a big part of history. And, hence, that may be why you think the data is skewed. Numbers are numbers after all, and their context is "All Music on Spotify". So take them with a pinch of salt.

December 1, 2018 at 11:14am
October 8, 2018 at 1:15pm

Piano Trivia Time #10 - Answer 10 TRUE/FALSE questions. Please provide your answer as a long string. For example: "FTFTTFTTFT"

TRUE OR FALSE
01. The Church Organ is a wind instrument while the Piano is a percussion instrument.
02. New pianos need fewer tunings than older pianos.
03. The world record for most number of people playing simultaneously on a piano is 16.
04. On a piano, the naturals have always been white, and the sharps/flats have always been black... See More

Piano Trivia Time #10 - Answer 10 TRUE/FALSE questions. Please provide your answer as a long string. For example: "FTFTTFTTFT"

TRUE OR FALSE
01. The Church Organ is a wind instrument while the Piano is a percussion instrument.
02. New pianos need fewer tunings than older pianos.
03. The world record for most number of people playing simultaneously on a piano is 16.
04. On a piano, the naturals have always been white, and the sharps/flats have always been black.
05. The piano has 88 keys and 88 strings.
06. There are 4 types of vertical pianos: spinet, console, studio, and upright.
07. Pythagoras the mathematician was credited as the person who discovered the perfect interval, which is a ratio of 2:1.
08. All pianos start on an A key, but there are pianos that go even lower than that.
09. Una corda means you must depress the soft pedal, which is usually the leftmost pedal.
10. ThePiano.SG website was officially launched on 8 Aug 2015.

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Jia hui

FFFFFTFFFF

October 10, 2018 at 1:26pm
Gavin Koh

Just like the game of Mastermind - 3 wrong, 7 correct.

October 10, 2018 at 2:08pm
Gavin Koh

The answer (which can be discussed further) is TFFFFTFTTF.

1) TRUE. The Church Organ IS a wind instrument that produces sound because of the passage of air through pipes, and because the... See More

The answer (which can be discussed further) is TFFFFTFTTF.

1) TRUE. The Church Organ IS a wind instrument that produces sound because of the passage of air through pipes, and because the piano has its key struck by hammers, it IS a percussion instrument. http://www.innovateus.net/content/there-difference-between-piano-and-organ

2) FALSE. New pianos needs the same (or more) number of tunings as older pianos. Piano strings have very high tension on them, and they just plain stretch as time passes. Hence, the need for tuning. http://www.betterpianoservice.com/how_often.html

3) FALSE. As of this writing, the world record for most number of people playing simultaneously on a piano is 21. Take a look at this feat achieved earlier this year in March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR3e71OO1tY

4) FALSE. Pianos by the original inventor - Bartolomeo Cristofori, were based on harpsichords. Cristofori's earliest pianos carried this same colour scheme: black naturals, and white sharps. You can read about it here: https://www.quora.com/Why-were-the-colors-of-the-piano-keys-reversed-in-...

5) FALSE. The piano does have 88 keys, but it has more than 88 strings. The treble pitches of a piano have three unison strings, the tenor range uses two unison strings, and the bass strings use only one string. The end result is that for 88 notes, there can be as many as 236 strings. http://www.piano.christophersmit.com/strings.html

6) TRUE. This statement is true; there are four types of vertical pianos: spinet, console, studio, and upright. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-difference-between-types-vertical-p...

7) FALSE. This part is true - Pythagoras the mathematician was credited as the person who discovered the perfect interval. However, the ratio of the perfect interval is 3:2, not 2:1. http://www.phys.uconn.edu/~gibson/Notes/Section3_2/Sec3_2.htm

8) TRUE. Not all pianos start on a very low A key. Bösendorfer pioneered the extension of the typical 88-key keyboard, creating the Imperial Grand (Model 290), which has 97 keys (eight octaves); this piano starts on an ultra-low C. Listen to the "Imperial" bass keys here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIOQ2Fwto8k

9) TRUE. Una corda (or rarely due corda) is used to signify that the soft pedal should be depressed. The leftmost pedal in a piano is usually the soft pedal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_pedal

10) FALSE. ThePiano.SG website was officially launched on 8 Aug 2014. The answer to this can be found on this page: https://www.thepiano.sg/about-us

October 15, 2018 at 11:28am
September 11, 2018 at 4:17pm

Piano Trivia Time #9 - What is the significance of these 7 stacks of biscuits when we speak of piano music theory? (Other than that Oreo biscuits would probably make great snacks for pianists.)

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Gavin Koh

Here are a few good starter lessons on music modes.
[BASIC] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zApJmWX_a9s
[... See More

Here are a few good starter lessons on music modes.
[BASIC] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zApJmWX_a9s
[ADVANCED] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF47dr8sVyE&t=32s

September 15, 2018 at 6:49pm
Gavin Koh

What if you were to play one song using different modes? Well, it would sound something like this video link as they replay "The Flintstones" in Dorian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian.... See More

What if you were to play one song using different modes? Well, it would sound something like this video link as they replay "The Flintstones" in Dorian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWaW2q1KM0Y

September 15, 2018 at 6:53pm
Gavin Koh

Here is another example with "Hey Jude" played in all 7 modes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXIF9mjHF9M

September 27, 2018 at 3:07pm
Gavin Koh

Possibly the least understood or used is the Locrian mode. I will compose a song employing Locrian mode and share it with you when done. Thanks.

September 27, 2018 at 4:46pm
August 24, 2018 at 1:42am

Piano Trivia Time #8 - With no clef or key signature evident, can you guess which of the following sequence of notes is the odd one out, that is by a different composer? If you like a cerebral challenge - name the four pieces.

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Gavin Koh

Correct for #1 and #2. But, wrong for #3.

August 25, 2018 at 12:22pm
Gavin Koh

#4 is the odd one out.

Songs #1, #2, and #3 are all by French composer Léo Delibes.
- The first piece is known as the Flower Duet or also from the words "Viens, Mallika, les lianes... See More

#4 is the odd one out.

Songs #1, #2, and #3 are all by French composer Léo Delibes.
- The first piece is known as the Flower Duet or also from the words "Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleurs ... Dôme épais, le jasmin (Come Mallika, the lianas in bloom ... The jasmine forms a dense dome)", from his opera Lakmé, Act I.
- The second piece is known as "Divertissement - Variation dansée (Pizzicati)" from the ballet, Sylvia, Act III.
- The third piece is known as "Valse Lente" from the ballet, Coppélia, Act I.

Song #4 is from Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
- This is the leitmotif representing the "princess". It is taken from the symphonic suite Scheherazade. It is featured in all 4 movements.

August 30, 2018 at 9:12pm
Gavin Koh

You can watch all four pieces by following these links:
#1 - Flower Duet @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kWY8ruAZvA... See More

You can watch all four pieces by following these links:
#1 - Flower Duet @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kWY8ruAZvA
#2 - Divertissement - Pizzicati @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD9rCS4ewIA
#3 - Valse Lente @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b419tdIitcI
#4 - Scheherazade "princess" leitmotif @ https://youtu.be/v7U8gGl5IIk?t=37s

August 30, 2018 at 5:10pm
Adelynn Khoo

Flower Duet is very nice, even used in the old British Airways advertisement. Very lasting impression.

September 9, 2018 at 1:12pm
August 9, 2018 at 10:15pm

Piano Trivia Time #6 - Is there anything different about the piano pictured below; what is it?

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Gavin Koh

I kind of think of this as a person getting used to both left-hand and right-hand drive, but the complexity involved would be tremendous. If you could play on both, you would truly be an... See More

I kind of think of this as a person getting used to both left-hand and right-hand drive, but the complexity involved would be tremendous. If you could play on both, you would truly be an ambidextrous god!

August 11, 2018 at 12:01pm
Liew Soo Hin

I think driving is completely different from this. The way you look at the scores, and how you move your fingers will be really more challenging. Just imagining playing the first 9 notes of Fur... See More

I think driving is completely different from this. The way you look at the scores, and how you move your fingers will be really more challenging. Just imagining playing the first 9 notes of Fur Elise's on my left hand is already taxing my brain and finger muscles!

August 11, 2018 at 1:34pm
Gavin Koh

Conversely, it must be tough forcing a left-handed person to play on a "right-handed" piano? Perhaps somebody who is left-handed should chip in and share their viewpoint.

August 11, 2018 at 2:18pm
Adelynn Khoo

I've even heard of people saying that left-handed pianists are better pianists!

September 8, 2018 at 1:09am
June 27, 2018 at 1:33pm

Piano Trivia Time #1 - Can you guess - in which city can we find this very interesting piano-shaped building, which comes complete with glass violin staircase?

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Mabel Ong

Wow.. designed by archi students!! Impressive.

Just realised it is mentioned also by thepiano.sg too!
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Wow.. designed by archi students!! Impressive.

Just realised it is mentioned also by thepiano.sg too!
https://www.thepiano.sg/piano/read/bringing-piano-our-daily-lives

July 20, 2018 at 9:30pm
Gavin Koh

Heh heh...

July 20, 2018 at 10:20pm
Linette Choo

Thanks Gavin for sharing this! This is so cool! Wish sg can have one too!

July 29, 2018 at 12:45am
Mabel Ong

Actually, is it quite out of the way if you happen to be touring China? Seems nice to take a picture together with, but need a lot of effort to reach there? ?

September 6, 2018 at 9:27pm
August 13, 2018 at 1:22pm

Piano Trivia Time #7 - Identify the piano composer who is associated with these two images. On a harder note, why and how do the images represent him?

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Gavin Koh

In case you didn't know, the letters "B-A-C-H" in german nomenclature also refers to the Bach motif, a sequence of 4 notes that you may have heard in his music. Learn more about it in this fun... See More

In case you didn't know, the letters "B-A-C-H" in german nomenclature also refers to the Bach motif, a sequence of 4 notes that you may have heard in his music. Learn more about it in this fun video that tells us about the motif as well as hiding messages in music. Anyone up for musical espionage?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiS8gbkDISY

August 22, 2018 at 2:05am
Gavin Koh

Finally, to end this little puzzle entry, here is one of quite a few songs that actually features the B-A-C-H motif. It's Liszt's "Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H".
... See More

Finally, to end this little puzzle entry, here is one of quite a few songs that actually features the B-A-C-H motif. It's Liszt's "Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO1ZfJSOCvQ

August 22, 2018 at 2:15am
Carlyn Ng

Mind-blown!! Waaa..

Definitely won't be able to guess this right. Lolx.
So much knowledge to acquire. Thanks Gavin for sharing this, and many other interesting things.

August 23, 2018 at 12:56pm
Gavin Koh

Np.

August 23, 2018 at 1:31pm
July 29, 2018 at 3:07pm

Piano Trivia Time #5 - Which piece was John Denver's "Annie's Song" first 5 notes based upon (see video below) - name the composer and the classical piece? Name a Frank Sinatra song that is also based off this exact same classical piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbAn3wWV7bM

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Gavin Koh

To round up this Trivia solution. You can play the piano version of "Moon Love" from this IMSLP download (starting from page 23):... See More

To round up this Trivia solution. You can play the piano version of "Moon Love" from this IMSLP download (starting from page 23): http://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/d/d4/IMSLP08001-Tchaikovsky_-_...

July 31, 2018 at 5:40pm
Adrian Huang

thx Gavin for your very detailed answers! kudos to you for coming up with the piano trivia quizzes.

August 1, 2018 at 1:30am
Gavin Koh

No problem Adrian. Just glad that Pianover users will get to enjoy and learn something new from it.

August 1, 2018 at 2:15am
Carlyn Ng

Thanks Gavin! Although I didn't comment on all the posts, I read through most of them.

August 20, 2018 at 1:20pm
June 29, 2018 at 8:24am

Visited Museum of Music Making in San Diego. Lots of vintage pianos, organs, synths and other keyboard instruments like the celesta. Can only post limited photos owing to the forum's capacity. For full viewing (including all other instrumental types) please visit my Facebook album.

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Goh Zensen

Haha of course! But my visit to the above museum in San Diego wasn't a deliberate one - since I had to go San Diego to visit my bro-in-law's family, I might as well look for interesting music-... See More

Haha of course! But my visit to the above museum in San Diego wasn't a deliberate one - since I had to go San Diego to visit my bro-in-law's family, I might as well look for interesting music-related venues in the vicinity.

July 17, 2018 at 1:35pm
Carlyn Ng

I'd think a trip to Europe to those famous classical piano composers' venues will be super ex!! ? Anyone got a rough estimate?

July 19, 2018 at 4:00pm
Gavin Koh

Well, there's a "14-Day Paris, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Bonn Tour from Paris in EnglishTour " that costs US$1272 (land cost only). If you go free and easy (driving from city to city), it should... See More

Well, there's a "14-Day Paris, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Bonn Tour from Paris in EnglishTour " that costs US$1272 (land cost only). If you go free and easy (driving from city to city), it should be somewhere there too, I suppose.
https://www.taketours.com/paris/14-day-paris-prague-budapest-vienna-bonn...

July 19, 2018 at 6:07pm
Carlyn Ng

It's the flight and accommodation costs that I'm worried abt. ?

August 20, 2018 at 7:54am
July 19, 2018 at 9:50pm

Piano Trivia Time #4 - In which city can you find the oldest piano in existence on display today? How old is it and how many keys did it have?

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Gavin Koh

?... You can hear the oldest piano being played here too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XDJ2O4P97I

July 29, 2018 at 2:02pm
Liew Soo Hin

I think the pianist will have immense pressure on him! What if he accidentally break a string or something!! The oldest piano!

Btw, what about those other pianos by famous composers? Are... See More

I think the pianist will have immense pressure on him! What if he accidentally break a string or something!! The oldest piano!

Btw, what about those other pianos by famous composers? Are they preserved or something?

August 11, 2018 at 11:27am
Gavin Koh

The piano tuner would also feel stressed repairing a broken string on such a pristine piano.

The pianos of famous composers are well preserved in museums. Here are just a few of them:

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The piano tuner would also feel stressed repairing a broken string on such a pristine piano.

The pianos of famous composers are well preserved in museums. Here are just a few of them:

- Mozart's piano can be found at his home in Vienna.

- Chopin's only working piano can be found as part of the Cobbe collection of musical instruments displayed at Hatchlands, a country house run by Britain's National Trust in the southern English county of Surrey. Chopin's other pianos in Paris and Majorca do not work.

- At the Budapest museum dedicated to Liszt are two Chickering pianos and a Bösendorfer piano. There's also an Erard grand piano owned by Liszt during the last 15 years of his life at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

- You can find one of Beethoven's piano in Bonn at the museum dedicated to him.

August 12, 2018 at 2:33pm
Liew Soo Hin

Nice. Wonder how current pianists will feel playing on these preserved pianos. Ha.

August 11, 2018 at 1:32pm

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