— Theodor Leschetizsky (via leadingtone)
Pleyel, the last piano manufacturer in France – and by far the most famous – will cease production next month, it was announced today. (via Black notes in France as Pleyel stops making pianos)
Last animal picture for the evening! Cats love the piano, I have to put the lid down or Julian runs along the keys all night. It provides them with lots of lovely places to perch :)
What exactly is going on here? Why is an elderly French Jesuit playing a rainbow piano? Why is he pushing a pedal attached to a squirtgun that shoots water in his face? Our new series of blog posts, by Harvard-trained musicologist Gina Rivera, will answer approximately half of these questions (hint: it has to do with synesthesia and theories of musical color).
Erik Nitsche, cover artwork for Debussy 12 piano etudes by Monique Haas, 1953. Decca Gold Label series.
Alfred Brendel writing about his teacher, Edwin Fischer
Alfred Brendel writing about his teacher