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One of the greatest piano comedians of all time was an American-Danish by the name of Victor Borge, whose career spanned more than seventy years. Victor Borge’s style of humour quickly won him fans. Borge passed away in 2000, at the age of 91, and the world had lost a natural comedian who had entertained legions of piano music lovers but Borge’s legacy lives on.
To some people, the piano goes beyond being a functional and aesthetically-pleasing instrument of music. In fact, the piano comes to life in various forms which are truly interesting and intriguing! Check out the Schimmel K208 Pegasus, Porcine Piano, Pink Steinway Butterfly Piano, and the Pianocktail Piano!
A leitmotif is an extension of the motif, and allow the composer to bring the story to another level, such as to create suspense or to bring out emotions within the listener. In doing so, the leitmotif effectively binds the listener to the series of sounds, thereby raising the level of engagement.
Keys of Lights, held at Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park, is an interactive and captivating piano installation that encourages audience participation. Thanks to a built-in musical algorithm, visitors who play different notes on the grand piano will evoke visual images on the Lighthouse.
All of us who are acquainted with the piano know that the keyboard consists of a series of white and black keys. The naturals, which make up most of the keyboard, are white, while the sharps and flats, which make up the rest of the keys, are black. However, what is not commonly known is that centuries ago, the colours on the piano were reversed (black naturals, and white sharps).
Simply put, the motif is a musical fragment from which longer notes are put together. Regardless of how they appear in the music score, motifs are an integral part of the composition. Although it makes up only a very small part of the overall composition it appears in, it is symbolic of the entire piece.
Akiko’s piano had to bear the brunt of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The piano was badly damaged because of the bomb’s destructive heat and blast. Glass shreds can be seen still embedded in the woodwork of the piano. However, unlike Akiko, the piano was to survive the ordeal miraculously, and was finally restored.
Since 1853 when Steinway was founded, we always follow the principle “Build the best piano in the world” till today, we look heavy on the quality of our products and keep on innovating new products and upgrading the current instruments to fulfill different requirements from artists and music lovers. From January 1st, 2019 onwards, all Steinway Hamburg Uprights including model K-132 and V-125 will be equipped with three pedals.
Alexander Neumeister's high-flying career came to an end when he was arrested in 2017 for misappropriating funds. Rather being sentenced to a jail term, when the judge learned that he was a trained pianist, Neumeister was ordered to play the piano at least twice a week for the next three years in various elderly care facilities.
The Cadenza is made out of concrete which is known for its high durability. It is entirely street-safe and weather-friendly because concrete is resistant to water, wind and high temperatures, as well as attempted vandalism. The first official Cadenza piano was placed in the open to endure its first storm in February 2018.