The Piano

The Piano

The story of the piano begins in Padua, Italy in 1709, in the shop of a harpsichord maker named Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori (1655-1731). Many other stringed and keyboard instruments preceded the piano and led to the development of the instrument as we know it today.

The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrian Brody  It is based on the autobiographical book The Pianist, A World of War II memoir by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman. The film was a co-production between France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland.

 

Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, Chopin, from The Pianist.

 

The piano is a large instrument and classified as a keyboard instrument.

It has many keys, with colours either white or black.

The white keys are the basic notes A-G, whereas the black keys add a half tune.

This places the work in Minor or Major key.

Most Nocturnes are in Minor key, the sound of love or sadness, it seems.

The word speaks for itself, Nocturnes are music for in the evening.

 

Piano means soft. But you can play soft or louder.

And it has a pedal - tones can be staggato or waves of music.

Small hammers that strike strings, producing the sound and melody you want.

 

If possible, I would love to learn to play the piano.

The Nocturnes of Chopin are in my top 10 list of favourite music.

 

There is so much piano music.

Where to start ? And we will not select another Nocturne.

 

Alicia Keys - The Piano and I, based on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata14.

 

== edwinno

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