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  • The piano's action was so light it was hard to control.

    When Two Makes Perfect

  • On his instructions, Steinway's chief technician shaved the piano's hammers so they would be even lighter, and rearranged some parts so that a single note could be repeated in an almost machine-gun-like fashion.

    When Two Makes Perfect

  • But once he discovered the piano's nuanced expressiveness—something a harpsichord, with its twangy, plucked-string sound and unchanging volume could not attain—he was hooked.

    New Work, New Instrument

  • The first movement's Impressionistic landscape featured a piquant, upward soaring melody with a series of falling thirds from a protagonist oboe, flitting above a feather-bed of sustained string harmonies and bass piano, and punctuated with a walking-like figuration in the piano's treble register, all becoming more urgent toward its close.

    Rodney Punt: World Premiere by Peter Golub at Chamber Music Palisades

  • The work artfully juxtaposes two complex, quasi-symphonic percussion instruments piano and gamelan ensemble, East and West each making fluent-sounding attempts at adopting the accent of the other, with the piano's unusual tuning giving a quirky tinge to its tones, a slight acridity to would-be octaves.

    Music review: Post-Classical Ensemble recognizes the work of Lou Harrison

  • He also seized on the music's dramatic touches, many seemingly inspired by the instrument's possibilities — the opening movement of the C-major Sonata casts the piano's varying registers as operatic characters, in a fluid series of recitative-like textures.

    Authentication keys

  • But of course there is more to the piano's history than the profundity of high art.

    From Honkytonk To High Art

  • We arrive at this point, however, after following a rather circuitous path through the piano's disparate history.

    From Honkytonk To High Art

  • He also divides the piano's sound range into four parts: "percussive pop," "singing diphthong," "shimmering wave" and "gradations of volume," a division that may feel reductive to anyone who has labored to produce the myriad sounds that the piano literature calls for.

    From Honkytonk To High Art

  • The festival was named in honor of John Cage, whose 1948 "Suite for Toy Piano" is thought to have been the first work to take that instrument seriously—a logical outgrowth of the composer's interest in "prepared piano," in which screws, bolts and other odd objects are placed on the piano's strings to create myriad sounds.

    Artists Playing With Toys


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