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#1053942 - 11/28/07 10:50 PM Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Here's mine. I was sitting at a Victorian upright in my music teacher's parlor when I learned President Kennedy was dead.
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#1053943 - 11/28/07 11:14 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Oh, nothing historically special in my case. I think it was when I was about 5 years old, and my dad played Schubert's Imptomptu (899 #4). I can still almost see his fingers flying over keyboard... It's like I can see a photograph of his hands whenever I want.
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#1053944 - 11/28/07 11:21 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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when my family went to a new church and during praise and worship my son said i play piano so they asked him to play, he tried to play a grown up version of jesus loves me with 4 note chords and he plugged through it slowly....very tearful moment...it was beautiful. then he gets off the stage and tells me mom there were 4 notes to a chord,but i dropped some notes. it was so cute and sweet, everyone cheered him on and sang slowly. very touching.
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#1053945 - 11/28/07 11:23 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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For me it was when I was playing with a bunch of other musicians for a dance, after we had been playing at some Highland Games all afternoon. We were all really tired, and at about 11 at night we came to the last dance, which had a really hard set of tunes. So I decided I'd play the first tune and then drop out on the second tune and rest. And *everyone* else decided the same thing. The sudden absolute silence was startling. After a stunned moment, one of the dancers called out "I guess we should put another quarter in."

It was one of the better moments in my piano-playing life \:\)

Cathy
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#1053946 - 11/29/07 12:59 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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#1053947 - 11/29/07 01:31 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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I posted this back in June, but it still stands as a memorable moment:

"My friend, Bonnie (she plays violin) and I were playing together today, mostly pieces we've practiced before. She is learning some Suzuki pieces (along with some other non-Suzuki Bach and Vivaldi) and there is one whose piano reduction is almost impossible, and my piano teacher warned me about it so Bonnie and I usually don't play that one. Anyway, she was just about to pack up her violin and we decided on the spur of the moment to play the impossible Suzuki, just for kicks.

And we did. I "plowed" through it, but didn't miss a beat, I missed most of the notes, and she kept going and I kept going and we played through to the end at a pretty good tempo, we stayed together all through it and she said she hardly noticed the notes I had left out because apparently I left the good ones in. Afterwards, we looked at each other, hers was a look of amazement and mine must have been equally amazed, because we both just did it, without those pesky expectations we put on ourselves, and both of us were so exhilirated and shocked that we both had tears in our eyes.

I've can't remember ever just letting myself go like that, and I think we just had no fear. I've don't think I've ever felt that way before, not with piano. And now I know it's possible and I'm going to hold on to that. I also feel strangely closer to Bonnie now, as though I've revealed something of myself that is intimate, that no one else knows about me." (edited somewhat from original for length)
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#1053948 - 11/29/07 04:18 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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I have a few that I will not tell you about...... :p

Then I have one that I'd like to share:
About two and a half year ago our church got a new triptyche, and for the inaugurate we had a concert.
The choir I'm a part of sang three parts from a mass, and then the artist who had made the triptyche had invited some friends to play, among them our great pianist. He ended the concert with Janacek, Mendelsohn, Chopin and Liszt and I'm quite sure it will be the only time in my life that I sing in concert with Leif Ove Andsnes ;\)

But then I have a question, Mike A
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Music exists for one purpose, and one purpose only -- the wooing of women.[/b]
What are the poor pianist going to do with all these female fans, he can't marry them all....

Ragnhild
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#1053949 - 11/29/07 07:36 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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 Quote:
Originally posted by jotur:
The sudden absolute silence was startling. After a stunned moment, one of the dancers called out "I guess we should put another quarter in."

It was one of the better moments in my piano-playing life \:\)

Cathy [/b]
LOL, too funny!! \:D

I think I am still waiting for my memorable moment!
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#1053950 - 11/29/07 07:53 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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I was on a business trip in Dallas/Ft.Worth and we went into the hotel bar after the day's meetings.

Some "no-name" guy was playing soft piano in the background and was being totally ignored by everyone in the bar including me.

I happened to glance at him, and for some reason, he looked lonely/depressed, but kept plugging away, filling the place with nice music.

I started listening. He was very good, very suttle, everything he played was kinda drifting, and then he played a Bach piece I know from guitar.

I went over and introduced myself, told him I played that "song" on guitar but could not remember the name (Prelude 1 BVW 846). We visited for a few minutes (his no-name was Dave), and I watched him and thought, I could do that. Dave said he was in his 10th year playing, but anyone who wants can learn.

I came home, got my old keyboard out, named it Dave, and started learning. Still going, but Dave has been relagated to the closet.
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#1053951 - 11/29/07 07:58 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Originally posted by Ragnhild:
What are the poor pianist going to do with all these female fans, he can't marry them all....

Ragnhild [/QB]
Ummm, sometimes Marrying them is not the goal, or so I've heard. No personal experience, though. Could be wrong.
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#1053952 - 11/29/07 09:32 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Great stories!

My most memorable piano moment would have to be the time I spied the grand at the Charlotte airport where we were facing a 3-hour flight delay. It was missing one of the treble strings, but I sat down and played for over an hour as literally hundreds of people walked by.
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#1053953 - 11/29/07 09:45 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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The good:

Watching my son win his first concerto competition, and watching him play with the orchestra.


The bad:

Let's skip this and go directly to ...


The ugly:

Feeling humiliated at a master class led by the Israeli pianist David Bar-Ilan in Miami.
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#1053954 - 11/29/07 09:49 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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I think mine would have to be the one I posted about recently, when we went to a pre-concert talk and Max Levinson, who was playing the Ravel concerto for the left-hand, came out and sat down at an upright piano they had up front and played one of my favorite Schubert Impromptus, the A-flat major from Op. 90. It was gorgeous. And after he'd gone I went to have a look at the fabulous upright he'd just played, wondering whether it was something I might be able to aspire to one day, and it turned out to be a beaten up old Sohmer console that probably wasn't as good as my Kemble (though I'm sure it had been well prepped). It was both humbling and enlightening.

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#1053955 - 11/29/07 10:36 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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After a gap of 17 years nearly not playing any music I started playing again in november 2006. I heard at internet the 'Eintritt' of Schumanns Waldszenen as a demo of a digital Yamaha. I purchased a digital Yammy and after some excercising I played the 'Eintritt', got tears in my eyes and realized that I had discovered again music as a way of living . After that I played my other favorite, Prealudium in C from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier of J.S.Bach..............
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#1053956 - 11/29/07 11:45 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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#1053957 - 11/29/07 12:18 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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There are two things that stick out.

First was watching my 10 year old twins play at their recital last June, and the music teacher from their elementary school sat behind us. He is NOT their piano teacher, and in fact he didn't even know they played. His son uses the same teacher. First daughter played and he was amazed and complimented us. Then the second twin plays and his jaw just dropped. She does the Dan Coates arrangement of 'Over the Rainbow' and just silences the crowd. Then they get up together and ham it up while doing their duets.

The second most memorable moment was writing the check for the piano I bought for them 2 weeks ago. OUCH. But it is beautiful in our house.

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#1053958 - 11/29/07 01:14 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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A couple of years ago, I took some lessons at a very busy local music school that taught everything from electric guitar to band instruments (sitting in the waiting room for any length of time would be enough to make even a deaf person insane and that was with the practice rooms being ALMOST sound proof). At one particular lesson, my teacher decided to step out for a cigarette while I warmed up. This was during the few minutes during the exchange of student who had just had lessons and the next batch going in for lessons so the building was pretty quiet.

I had learned the chord progression to Canon in D the previous week and so I decided to improvise using it. I played several iterations with as may patterns and voicings as I could think of (a great progression to improvise on BTW). After several minutes without him returning I stopped to see where he was, only to discover that he had accidentally left the practice room door ajar. He was standing in the doorway with pretty much all of the teachers, students and waiting parents in the hallway behind him. A second later, everyone started to clap; praiseing my playing and my teacher's obvious skill as an instructor. I'm not sure who was more proud at that moment, but I can tell you I thought my heart was going to explode!!! Needless to say, the lesson was a write-off since I was so flushed, but at that moment, I was 10 feet tall and bullet proof.

Best lesson I ever had!!!

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#1053959 - 11/29/07 01:24 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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When I was in high school, I went for a few years at a catholic private school where I was on a pension. There where a few rooms with old beaten uprights that we could borrow on reservation, but they didn't felt right and we had to reserve in advance, an annoying thing when you have an urge to compose something. But another part of the building was for retired priest, they had an immense chapel in which there was a very nice grand.

So regularly, when nobody was watching, I was broking in the chapel to play on the grand (sometimes using secret passageway). Once, after a few minutes playing, I noticed a priest praying at the back of the room. So just for him, I played Shubert’s Ave Maria, and I kept on playing other religious songs, the acoustic of the room made the music incredible. I never saw his face as he was sitting too far, but I always hoped I made this lonely man happy.
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#1053960 - 11/29/07 01:28 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Most memorable? I'd like to take this opportunity to drop a bomb on my brother for my most memorable piano moment:

I was about eight years old, in with my dad being a pastor, I knew I would someday play in church. We lived in a high mountain town which would get unreasonable amounts of snow in the winter. One Sunday it happened - none of the other piano players showed up. My dad gave me the opportunity to play through the first hymn. I butchered it, but at least I got the very last chord right.

My sweet brother Paul was kind enough to call out from the congregation "at least he got the last chord right".

Back at you Paul! \:\)
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#1053961 - 11/29/07 01:32 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Most memorable for me would be performing a piano concerto I wrote with my high school orchestra for our senior concert. Looking back on it, there's lots of things I'd like to re-work in the piece, but if I do say so myself, it was a pretty decent work for a high-schooler. And the experience of actually getting to perform it with an orchestra in front of an audience... I'll never forget it.
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#1053962 - 11/29/07 01:51 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Originally posted by David Sprunger:
Most memorable? I'd like to take this opportunity to drop a bomb on my brother for my most memorable piano moment:

I was about eight years old, in with my dad being a pastor, I knew I would someday play in church. We lived in a high mountain town which would get unreasonable amounts of snow in the winter. One Sunday it happened - none of the other piano players showed up. My dad gave me the opportunity to play through the first hymn. I butchered it, but at least I got the very last chord right.

My sweet brother Paul was kind enough to call out from the congregation "at least he got the last chord right".

Back at you Paul! \:\) [/b]
Along the same vein:

When I was 15, I accompanied my piano teacher as she sang O Holy Night one Christmas Eve. Was nervous and played sloppily. One of my dad's friends came up to me afterwards and said, "Hey fumblefingers."

fumblefingers was taken when I signed up for PianoWorld.
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#1053963 - 11/29/07 05:08 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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What a great thread!

I hope to have a few more but currently I think my most favourite was after my first recital at a piano camp when I finished without major flubs and went back to my seat with applause and fellow students complimenting me.

I've had moments at lessons when my teacher went "wow" you've really worked on that piece/section. They are very special as well because he isn't one to shower me with praise so I know it's well deserved.
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#1053964 - 11/29/07 06:00 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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I’ve had several memorable moments…mostly those when, after struggling through weeks and months of practice, there comes that day when I can play a composition... perfectly!

But this one falls into the category of “Can you top this?”

Last April, I was invited to the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C. to attend a performance of M. Chopin starring Hershey Felder. I was sitting in the very first row, right in front of a huge grand that sounded unbelievable. (Of course, Hershey had a lot to do with this.) Later, I found out that the piano once belonged to Paderewski. Then, at the urging of a friend, I hopped on the stage and actually played the first five measures of Chopin’s a minor waltz on PADEREWSKI’S piano!!

The second super moment has to be attending the performance of "M. Chopin." When Mr. Felder, as Chopin, walked on stage in the attire of the day, I got the chills. For the next 60 minutes, Chopin was alive, talking and playing his music for us. It was magical!!

Kathleen
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#1053965 - 11/29/07 06:06 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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#1053966 - 11/29/07 07:38 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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One of the most memorable "piano" moments I recall was during a question and answer session after a jazz concert at the college I attended. Dick Hyman was the piano player. My smart a** trumpet instructor asked Dick, "Don't you think the piano is too loud?" I love Hyman's reply:

"That depends on whether you're a piano player," he said with a smile.
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#1053967 - 11/29/07 07:43 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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I just reminded myself of another memorable moment, though not piano related. When I was in high school about 1977 or 1978, Dizzy Gillespie was in town for a concert at another high school auditorium. There were considerable "technical difficulties" during the evening concerning microphones that quit working. After changing mics several times, Dizzy walked out into the audience carrying the most recent non-working microphone. He handed it to an audience member and said, "Here ya go. Have a microphone." That comment brought the house down.
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#1053968 - 11/29/07 08:04 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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I inherited my grandmother's baby grand piano when she died. When it arrived at my house many months later - it still smelled strongly of my grandmothers house (violets) and invoked all sorts of memories that were otherwise lost...

She was the originator of wonderful phrases such as: (when hearing the 'winterwind') "nobody could play that, it must be a recording" and (upon welcoming you to her house) "take a seat and walk about"...

\:\)
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#1053969 - 11/30/07 07:59 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Wow what a lot of nice stories.

I almost fell out laughing at Cathy's story. I'm still laughing.

I don't have any true memorable ones yet but I do have 2 that I think about often.

The first time I played in front of anybody besides my teacher was when I went on vacation to PR and my friends who I was staying with had a keyboard.

I was practicing my Malguena, watered down version of course and my friends were humming and singing to it. That's the first time I felt a lot of my inhibition go away.

The second one was with my current piano teacher. We have so much fun, so much in fact that her husband comes out every now and then and says "You guys are just having too much fun, all I hear is the giggling"

Anyway I was playing for my piano teacher and I hit a wrong chord somewhere and being the brilliant teacher that she is, noticed it right away and said "What happened to that chord?"

I said "I don't know Miss Lydia, I think because you have a grand piano, it has more keys than mine".

We laughed hysterically and she still brings it up everytime I hit a wrong chord or note which is often. \:D
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#1053970 - 11/30/07 03:48 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Oh my gosh...how could I forget this one!

I was actually on the same stage with Artur Rubinstein!!

The concert was all sold out, so they put folding chairs on the stage. My chair was right in the front (funny how I always manage to get those front row seats), and I was sitting about 10 feet away from him. I was so excited I don't even remember what he played. Chopin, of course...and some other pieces, but my head was in the clouds.

Kathleen
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#1053971 - 11/30/07 06:33 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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I would have to say it was when I bought my new digital yamaha clavinova home without my wife knowing. When she got home she just yelled and screamed for at least 2 hours.
Didn't feel like playing at that time.
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#1053972 - 11/30/07 07:20 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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But she got over it eventually, right? ;\)
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#1053973 - 12/01/07 02:06 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Oh ya...
Trying to hint every now and then that an acoustic will eventually come into the picture ...
Ouch....

Peter
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#1053974 - 12/01/07 08:20 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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So many memories are tied to pianos, but this one I cherish more than others:
Ingrid Bjoner was going to sing in the Norwegian Seaman's church, and our mutual friend Eva Gustavson asked me to accompany her. I said "NO WAY AM I PLAYING FOR A WORLD RENOWNED DIVA!!!" But she conned me into it, and I perspired my way through the rehearsals. Good Lord, it was only "O Holy Night" and "Joy to the World", but I am not at all that good a pianist. At the finish, I turned to Ingrid Bjoner and said: Well, at least now I can add to my resume that I have played for Ingrid Bjoner!
She smiled back at me and said: And I can put on my resume that I have sung with YOU!
She was the most delightful lady, down to earth without any prima donna manners.
Later, we lunched at Eva's house where the dog in our absence had eaten a pound of Norwegian candy which Ingrid had brought as a little Christmas present. Eva was heartbroken, but Ingrid just laughed and pointed out that the dog needed a little Christmas cheer, too.
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#1053975 - 12/01/07 11:56 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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When I was a teenager, I learned my first ragtime time piece (Maple Leaf Rag) and played it for our 80+-year-old piano tuner, Mr. Lurch, when he came that year to tune the piano. After I played it I looked at him, and he seemed to be tearing up. He said that his father, also a piano tuner, had always played that song, and it was his all-time favorite. \:\)

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#1053976 - 12/02/07 12:06 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Originally posted by ChatNoir:
So many memories are tied to pianos, but this one I cherish more than others:
Ingrid Bjoner was going to sing in the Norwegian Seaman's church, and our mutual friend Eva Gustavson asked me to accompany her. I said "NO WAY AM I PLAYING FOR A WORLD RENOWNED DIVA!!!" But she conned me into it, and I perspired my way through the rehearsals. Good Lord, it was only "O Holy Night" and "Joy to the World", but I am not at all that good a pianist. At the finish, I turned to Ingrid Bjoner and said: Well, at least now I can add to my resume that I have played for Ingrid Bjoner!
She smiled back at me and said: And I can put on my resume that I have sung with YOU!
She was the most delightful lady, down to earth without any prima donna manners.
Later, we lunched at Eva's house where the dog in our absence had eaten a pound of Norwegian candy which Ingrid had brought as a little Christmas present. Eva was heartbroken, but Ingrid just laughed and pointed out that the dog needed a little Christmas cheer, too. [/b]
Thank you for sharing this delightful memory.
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#1053977 - 12/02/07 12:23 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
TLuvva Offline
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Nobody listens like Mom.

I could probably think of some other moments that might seem greater than this, but it having happened somewhat recently, it's still fresh in my mind. And honestly, I can't think of a reason in the world why this wouldn't be tops.

I suppose we can all relate to playing piano in front of people who don't have much of an appreciation for piano or piano playing. I've seen it happen many times when someone is coaxed to play and the aforementioned listener takes it in and for a brief moment is mildly fascinated and at least a little impressed that someone can play, but it's just a very short time before a little conversation begins, distraction sets in, and the playing becomes background music.

Most folks don't recognize that humble little amateur pianists like ourselves are usually conquering anywhere from a small to a very large amount of fear to even sit down in front of anyone to play. Our minds go blank and we forget parts that we normally play without mistake. And they unknowingly are disrespectful by ignoring us while we feel like one of the Walendas tightroping it between the World Trade Centers on a windy day.

And then there's Mom.

Recently my whole family got together during the holidays and at a point during the evening gathered around the piano. My family is quite musical, almost all members play music and my dad and I even played professionally for years (though not piano). So my sister, who had achieved a quite respectable level of accomplishment through lessons as a child, got up and played the pieces she remembered from childhood. Then my 11-year old nephew who is just learning played a little, and my 83 year old father sat down and played the one song he knew (White Christmas). Finally I sat down (I've returned to playing and lessons of late) and played a couple of pieces I had just got down pretty well and I looked over and there was my 80 year old Mom - who doesn't play - with a lone tear streaming down her cheek, a crinkled up, holding back the tears kind of smile on her face.

Mom? You OK?

She announced that she was so proud that so many of her family could play piano that it made her cry with joy. She was so happy that she had introduced us to piano and had us take lessons as children and that music was such an important part of our family.

Now when she comes over to my house and listens to me play, she's the only one who never says a word, and listens to every note, pulling for me the whole way through, like only a mom can. And maybe she cries just a little too.

Needless to say, there's no one I'd rather play for than my mom.

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#1053978 - 12/02/07 12:31 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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That's a beautiful story.
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#1053979 - 12/03/07 08:42 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Loc: Edinburgh
I think mine would have to be attending a Ludovico Einaudi concert in Edinburgh this year.

It was memorable for several reasons - he is one of my favourite composers, and I had been looking forward to the concert for a few months

Then, on the day of the concert, things started to go wrong. I was a few hundred miles away, spending the day with friends before heading towards Edinburgh for the concert.

Sure enough, there were traffic problems, and I spent the last 50 miles with my foot to the floor (tut, tut!). Then I had to navigate through the city as fast as possible. I convinced myself that it would all be in vain, that I wouldn't make it. But I did!

And the best part of the whole experience? Hearing a concert grand piano live for the first time \:\)

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#1053980 - 12/03/07 10:30 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Registered: 06/11/07
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When I was young, we frequently went to a restaurant that had a two story room next to the bar area called "the carousel room". It had a grand piano and a gentleman who traveled from chicago to play on weekend evenings.

I would plop down next to him and request all sorts of songs which he was happy to play, and I always asked for my fav. - music box dancer. Sometimes, he would invite me to sit at the piano and play for him (if it wasn't too crowded). He once gave me a little pocket bible with an note of inspiration written to me on the inside cover (I still have it).

It had probably been 12 years since I had been been to the restaurant, when my husband and I were invited to a wedding reception there. Sure enough, he was still at that piano, in at least his late 80's. I walked into the room, he looked up, smiled, and began playing Music Box Dancer. Talk about teary, I couldn't believe that he had remembered me. He has since passed away, but I will always think about his kindness and be inspired by his words.

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#1053981 - 12/04/07 04:58 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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What a great topic.

My memorable moment would be, when I first visited musical library in my university. There is a small room only for listening to the music, and the first music I listened to was Rachmaninoff Piano concerto. I wasn't htere for an hour I guess..
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#1053982 - 12/04/07 08:21 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Oh Stacey, what a wonderful story.
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#1053983 - 12/04/07 10:59 AM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Originally posted by rockpeter:
I would have to say it was when I bought my new digital yamaha clavinova home without my wife knowing. When she got home she just yelled and screamed for at least 2 hours.
Didn't feel like playing at that time.
:rolleyes:
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Peter, what would have happened if it was a grand piano?

When my grand piano was delivered I just about cried. I was THRILLED, but the look on my husbands face was panic....how on earth was anything else going to fit in the room with this piano???? I asked him for DAYS if he thinks we made a mistake, which obviously would have been a pretty expensive one! And just how do you take a PIANO back? Now we just kid about adding on a piano room. I'll never forget, though, how sick I felt when we actually got it.
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#1053984 - 12/05/07 02:40 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Back in the middle of the last century, when I was in grade school (I think it was about the 3 or 4th grade) I was in the school orchastra (at least that's what the called it- no I didn't play with any orchastra) I was asked to be the MC for a show of singing and musical performance during assembly.

My mother was a piano teacher and I had been playing for a few years. I was also asked to play a piece for the show. I can still remember getting up and sitting at the piano to play for an auditorium of about 200 kids. I guess in those days I had more guts than fear.

A more recent moment happened a few months ago. I was playing a piece from a fake book and started improvising. Where the inspiration came from I don't know, but what I do remember was that when I finished I couldn't believe it was me who was playing. Needless to say it was a moment of great satisfaction. I am attempting to repeat it each day I play, somedays with more success than others.
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#1053985 - 12/06/07 09:45 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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Loc: Tewksbury MA
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Originally posted by TLuvva:

Needless to say, there's no one I'd rather play for than my mom. [/b]
Memorable piano experiences were flashing through my mind while reading each story. Then I found TLuvva's post. I wouldn't be here today on this piano forum if it wasn't for my Mom.

My Mom passed away four years ago on the 9th of December. It's still a difficult time.

I remember telling her about an online piano community I had found just a few weeks prior to her pancreatic cancer diagnosis. She didn't quite grasp the concept but she was always in favor of anything that promoted my enthusiasm of enjoying the piano.

She would become so humiliated with me when I would always shy away from playing the piano in front of other people. She would say, "do you realize how some people would envy how you play"!! She always made me appear better than I really wass.

I played quietly for her the last 8 weeks we were together. "Beautiful" she would somtimes comment when I would walk into her room after playing.

Yup, this time of the year is still difficult but lots of good memories and lots of good piano friends who have stepped in to take my Mom's place. :3hearts: I know she would be so very happy for me.

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#1053986 - 12/07/07 04:40 PM Re: Most Memorable Personal Moment Involving a Piano
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these stories are wonderful and what pianoworld is all about i think.

i'm still a weeee beginner so nothing as fancy as any of these things has happened to me yet.

But, well, so far the best personal moment for me has been playing that first complete song (after starting lessons) for my son and asking him what he thought.

He said it was "pretty good!".

Well, I think I'm in this for the long haul now.

I look back and other great personal moments for ME were

- finding out you could hook a keyboard to your COMPUTER (I'm a computer programmer)

- finally taking lessons after having my gramma "tut tut" me for years and years about doing that.
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