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
August 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

To sell your piano, list your piano at our Used Pianos page instead.

The forum here is for the general discussion of buying and selling used pianos. Example, what to look out for when buying a used piano.

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
April 14, 2018 at 10:04pm

Would we see piano-themed clothes on the E-Store? Frankly, would anyone be interested in these? (PS - Click on the camera icon to add an image. If you want to include more than 1 photo, they must be of the exact same dimensions. I think this website needs a manual somewhere.)

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Michael LS

Haven't seen a gal wearing a big piano dress! ?

May 18, 2018 at 12:22pm
Linette Choo

Think I saw the top right at Suntec recently, together with many other piano-themed clothes.

July 29, 2018 at 1:04pm
Sng Yong Meng

Oh! Haha, we had a Pop-stall @ Suntec 404 on 21 and 22 July 2018. You might have passed by our stall! =)

August 3, 2018 at 2:59pm
Gavin Koh

LOL! No wonder, I thought Linette was mentioning about some new shop at Suntec. Kept scratching my head there for a while - like wow, which new boutique? Thanks for connecting the dots.

August 3, 2018 at 3:04pm
August 1, 2018 at 4:07pm

Music Mickey spotted at Raffles City.

July 31, 2018 at 6:02pm

Piano Piece Pick #15 - And so it goes that Billy Joel's 13th (and last) album would be entirely classical compositions, and not a single piece would be performed by him.

As you hear the Air (Dublinesque) from his Fantasies & Delusions album, played beautifully here by Richard Joo, you can't help but marvel at the talent of the incredible "Piano Man" born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Here's to many more years, Billy!

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Piano Piece Pick #15 - And so it goes that Billy Joel's 13th (and last) album would be entirely classical compositions, and not a single piece would be performed by him.

As you hear the Air (Dublinesque) from his Fantasies & Delusions album, played beautifully here by Richard Joo, you can't help but marvel at the talent of the incredible "Piano Man" born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Here's to many more years, Billy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70fiAUFniNQ

PS - Yes, the intro to "And So it Goes" (also from Billy Joel) does sound very similar to the Air (Dublinesque), that I shall add a link to it below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHO6a2H-pqY

Enjoy.

I know I did, playing the Air (it was excellent) and listening to Billy Joel. You can find Fantasies and Delusions at the Esplanade Library.

July 20, 2018 at 11:33am

Book Intro #1 - "Play it again: An amateur against the impossible" by Alan Rusbridger. This is an inspiring book by the Editor of the Guardian, one of the world's foremost newspaper. Alan, who gave up the piano at 16, gave himself a year to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 forty years later, and this book deals with his focus, discipline, and desire. It is, above all, about the sanctity of one's inner life in a world dominated by deadlines and distractions. A great read - available at NLB (... See More

Book Intro #1 - "Play it again: An amateur against the impossible" by Alan Rusbridger. This is an inspiring book by the Editor of the Guardian, one of the world's foremost newspaper. Alan, who gave up the piano at 16, gave himself a year to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 forty years later, and this book deals with his focus, discipline, and desire. It is, above all, about the sanctity of one's inner life in a world dominated by deadlines and distractions. A great read - available at NLB (Esplanade, Tampines, Woodlands, and Jurong).

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Gavin Koh

A short video about Alan's book by Alan himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwJKGEWarAk

July 20, 2018 at 11:34am
Gavin Koh

Currently going through this book and must say it's very well written and full of insights. The content is laid out in the style of a diary and I especially love the ending where Chopin's Ballade... See More

Currently going through this book and must say it's very well written and full of insights. The content is laid out in the style of a diary and I especially love the ending where Chopin's Ballade is analyzed thoroughly page by page, section by section - kind of like an amateur climber tackling the Matterhorn, one cramponed step at a time.

July 20, 2018 at 7:31pm
Adrian Huang

Very inspiring.

July 31, 2018 at 3:39pm
Gavin Koh

Absolutely!

Here is a single paragraph from the following entry "Friday, 25 March":

Lunch with Noriko Ogawa today. She's just flown from Japan and looks emotional and sombre. I... See More

Absolutely!

Here is a single paragraph from the following entry "Friday, 25 March":

Lunch with Noriko Ogawa today. She's just flown from Japan and looks emotional and sombre. I suggested a couple of weeks back that she might give a Kings Place concert in aid of the Japanese tsunami relief appeal. She immediately agreed - and promised to play the G minor Ballade. After a single course, we steal off for a very quick lesson in one of the rehearsal rooms in Kings Place. She begins by playing the piece to me. I realise that this is the first time since I started on this journey that I have heard the piece live and played by a 'proper' pianist. I've of course sampled numerous recordings on YouTube and iTunes, but nothing in the flesh. She plays it with incredible power and certainty - especially given the inner turbulence she must be feeling after such personal exposure to the tsunami, which has wrecked the concert hall where she most regularly plays. The piece today has an extra dimension - the sheer elemental feeling of some of the passages, that sense of being almost out of control, or rather in the control of wilder external forces. At the end, she seems shocked by what's happened. We both sit there in silence for a few moments. Noriko then asks me to play. I struggle - even though it's a new Steinway O - to make the piano sing, to tease a delicate sound out of it. On Saturday at Fish Cottage I was flying on my newly arrived Steinway. Further evidence that progress is not linear.

July 31, 2018 at 5:15pm
May 25, 2018 at 10:13pm
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Goh Zensen

Haha, cos many of Chopin's works (both his piano concertos, his Ballade No 1, Waltzes in Bm, Am, C#m and Nocturne in C#m) are in the minor key!

June 28, 2018 at 7:24am
Liew Soo Hin

Ah, nice improvisation there, Zensen. I don't have a flair for improv.

July 2, 2018 at 8:40pm
Mabel Ong

Sorry, what's improvisation? ?

July 20, 2018 at 9:33pm
Goh Zensen

Mabel, improvisation in music is a huge topic which I can conduct an hour-long talk on it. To summarise, it is to make variations to the original music (instead of adhering strictly to its... See More

Mabel, improvisation in music is a huge topic which I can conduct an hour-long talk on it. To summarise, it is to make variations to the original music (instead of adhering strictly to its original score) via a few means. For example, one way of improvisation is to substitute some of the chords used (or even adding new chords in between existing chords). Another way is to play out the chords differently (e.g. from broken chord style to rhythmic style). Adding or changing other textures/layers such as counter melodies and bass lines also constitute improvisation.

Some singers or solo instrumentalists improvise on the melody by changing some of the notes occasionally. Jazz improvisation, on the other hand, allows complete composition of melodic lines along the original music's chord progression.

More advanced improvisations can include addition of new sections (such as adding/replacing an original interlude), employing modulations and change in rhythm/time signature.

July 21, 2018 at 12:17am
July 10, 2018 at 1:19am

Piano Trivia Time #3 - [Click images to browse]: Which of the following four music instrument spare parts belong inside a piano?

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Gavin Koh

The answer to this is picture number 3 of 4. It is called an agraffe and this particular one can be found in a Steinway grand.

July 18, 2018 at 8:07am
Gavin Koh

The primary purpose of an agraffe is to hold down the strings near where the hammers strike up. They keep the strings from being lifted up by the hammer blow and pulling them out of tune. At the... See More

The primary purpose of an agraffe is to hold down the strings near where the hammers strike up. They keep the strings from being lifted up by the hammer blow and pulling them out of tune. At the top of the piano's range, the agraffe and the plate it screws into would get in the way of the hammer, hence other alternatives are employed..

Using agraffes is generally more expensive and it is generally considered "better" than not using them. It is however, but one small factor in the design and build quality of a piano.

Agraffes are also not necessary on uprights, although some do have them.

July 17, 2018 at 7:22pm
Gavin Koh

For completeness sake: Picture 1 of 4 is a point screw for a Yamaha flute. Picture 2 of 4 is a violin Bridge. Picture 3 of 4 is a grand piano Steinway agraffe 7/32". Picture 4 of 4 is an Octave... See More

For completeness sake: Picture 1 of 4 is a point screw for a Yamaha flute. Picture 2 of 4 is a violin Bridge. Picture 3 of 4 is a grand piano Steinway agraffe 7/32". Picture 4 of 4 is an Octave Rocker Key for Selmer saxophones.

July 19, 2018 at 10:41am

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