Category Polish the ol’ Steinway

Backpocket Talent: Piano Edition

The faces have it. Serene, contemplative, joyful, brooding – the pianist wears as many expressions as he has reasons for playing the piano. Whether it’s a fleeting encounter or a lifelong affair, it’s difficult to deny the allure of an empty seat in front of a piano. The enchantment not only lies in imagining that […]

The First Impromptu is the Shortest

Shostakovich and I began playing the piano at about the same age, which is about the same age most children start playing the piano. Further evidence that the tenth year on Earth is a magical one. While I abandoned my efforts in the blink of a metronome, for Shostakovich his ability to play was a […]