During the 1930's, brothers Homer and Langley Collyer filled their house with over 140 tons of debris (including guns, human organs in jars, and fourteen pianos) which they made into a booby-trapped maze. Langley was killed by one of the traps in 1947, and Homer, unable to escape, starved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Tchaikovsky disliked having his voice recorded. For one recording, he was asked play something on a piano or at least say something. Tchaikovsky refused, saying, "I am a bad pianist and my voice is raspy. Why should one eternalize it?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyo…
Hazel Scott played two pianos at the same time with ease. And also, she was the first person of color to get her own national TV show. She will always be remembered for her music and breaking down racial barriers. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Today I learned about the brazilian inventor Ubiratan Bizarro Costa. He crafted a bionic glove that allowed the famous orchestra conductor and pianist Maestro Jose Carlos Martins(80) to play the piano using 10 fingers for the first time since 1995 when he lost the use of his right hand in a mugging in Bulgaria. reuters.com/article/idUSK…
Almost all pianos that are given away for free are not worth the cost of having it moved into your home. The simplest of piano moves will cost a minimum of $250. If you discover it cannot be tuned or fixed, for a reasonable price, then it will cost more to have it disposed masterpianoservices.com/2…
Prince was 5’2β€³, or 157.5 cm tall and weighed 112 pounds, he often wore heels to combat his small size. His grand piano was even modified by shortening the legs so he could reach the pedals while sitting down to play. musicinminnesota.com/20-f…
On June 1948 a Piano Leg crashed through the floor of the Whitehouse and, and the "beams were staying up by force of habit only". Similarly the floor moved so much Harry Truman was sure he would fall through the floor in his bath "wearing nothing more than my reading glasses" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
"Fermi problem" refers to problems that are so out there, such as "how many piano tuners live in Chicago" and with apt methodology, they can be answered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Everything in Prince's first album was made by himself. He sang all the parts and played all the 27 instruments, including the guitars, bass, synths, drums, windchimes, piano, clavinet, and even the bongos. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Irving Berlin (composer of White Christmas and Putting On The Ritz) could only play piano in one key, so he had a custom piano built with a switch that shifted the entire keyboard left and right to different strings. youtu.be/DV9uq8z2k5E
For the film 'Ray' (2004), Jamie Foxx had to wear eye prosthetics that would make him go blind for up to 12 hours a day. It barely left him any time to sleep because he would practice piano after shooting with the blindfold on. He went on to win the Oscar for best actor for his performance. sfgate.com/entertainment/…
There are more companies making pianos in China than there are piano stores in the USA. The largest piano manufacturer in China (Pearl River) has three factories in China, any one of which produces more pianos than all the new pianos sold in the USA each year livingpianos.com/where-ar…
Organs are not only older than pianos, but have existed as early as ancient Greece and required multiple people to play them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
From the 1910s to the early 1930s, the C melody saxophone was marketed as a saxophone that you could use to read over a piano player’s shoulders without needing to transpose. But it was a failed effort to reinvent the saxophone to make it easier to play musikalessons.com/blog/20…
The best age to start piano lessons is typically between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old. If the child has basic motor skills, can focus on a task for 30 minutes, then they should be able to handle taking lessons schoolofrock.com/resource…
Hawaiian music began in the mid 1800s, when visitors from all over came by sea to Hawai'i, bringing with them instruments such as the violin, guitar, ukulele, piano, accordion and flute. The fusion of instruments and cultures blended with Native Hawaiian chants and hymns to become a genre. surfingforlife.com/music.…
The piano in the 'Succession' theme song is out of tune. Composer Nicholas Britell wanted his theme to be weird, strange, and evoke feelings of humanness that comes through when things aren’t perfect. vulture.com/2019/08/succe…
Ryan Gosling learned jazz piano for La La Land and all of the piano scenes in the movie were played by him variety.com/2017/film/in-…
The Marshall Tucker Band took its name from a piano tuner who was blind. listcaboodle.com/the-mars…
Billy Joel's signature song, "Piano Man" is based on Joel's real-life experiences as a lounge musician. John-the-bartender, Paul-the-real-estate-novelist, and the waitress are all real people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) played the piano as a child, but his younger sister Janet was a piano prodigy so he switched to the guitar because "she couldn't get her fingers around the neck." Janet later married Cure guitarist Porl Thompson and played on Cure side projects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
As Beethoven's deafness began to affect his ability to compose properly, he sawed the legs off of his piano and used the floor as a "sounding board." He would lie on his wooden floor and hit different piano notes at various volumes to feel their vibrations to see if they fit into his composition hearinghealthmatters.org/…
The piano player in "Rear Window" is Ross Bagdasarian, the voice of Alvin and the Chipmunks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Bob's Burgers) released and performed on an experimental jazz album despite expressing a distaste for jazz and not knowing how to play any instruments. It's titled 'Well I Should Have... *learned to play the piano'. news.avclub.com/exclusive…
On Prince's debut album, For You, he played every instrument on the album: 27 in all. Some notable mentions include, the electric guitar, clavinet, congas, waterdrums, electric piano, finger cymbals, hand claps and several other synthesizers. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
Richard Nixon composed a piano concerto, and played it live on the Tonight Show in the 60's youtube.com/watch?v=MCsGS…
The "piano" means "soft" in Italian. The instrument's name is actually short for "pianoforte" (soft-loud) which is short for β€œgravicembalo col piano e forte” (harpsichord with soft and loud). Calling it "piano" defeats the purpose of its original name that meant to depict its dynamic sound. kitsappianolessons.com/wh…
There is an unusual instrument called the celeste/celesta which looks like a piano, but has metal plates like a xylophone, instead of strings, inside. This instrument is what gives the Nutcracker's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and the Harry Potter theme, their distinct sound. youtu.be/Aw7HAyq54rw
Princess Alexandra of Bavaria believed she had swallowed a glass piano as a child. This delusion was not unheard of and was recorded in Europe and mainly suffered by royals, nobels and scholars (between C15 and C17). It was manifest as a fear that parts of their anatomy were made of glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
On pianos dating from the 18th century when Mozart was alive, the colors of the keys was exactly reversed: the white keys were black and the black keys were white. yamaha.com/en/musical_ins…
On April 18, 1930 the BBC made an announcement at the beginning of its daily radio program that there was no news. For the rest of the 15-minute time slot, the station played only piano music and it became known in history as The Day Without News’ atlasobscura.com/articles…
When Flavor Flav was a child, he managed to both teach himself to play the piano at the age of 5 and set a house on fire while playing with a lighter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In 1909, the first truly salacious hit song β€œI Love, I Love, I Love My Wifeβ€”But Oh! You Kid!” made the leap from vaudeville stage to the sheet music stands of a million parlor room pianos in America, inciting newspaper editorials, outraged sermons by preachers, and at least one fatal shooting. slate.com/articles/arts/c…
That"Piano Man", Billy Joel's signature song, is in the National Recording Registry, along with Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. loc.gov/item/prn-16-056/
Today I learned of the Berners Street hoax: In 1809, Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could make a random house the most famous house in London within a week. He did so by ordering chimney sweeps, piano deliveries, and priests to the address. The ensuing chaos brought London to a standstill. wikipedia.org/wiki/Berner…
Tori Amos taught herself to play piano at the age of 2, and started composing at the age of 3. She was admitted into the Peabody Conservatory at the age of 5, but lost the scholarship six years later, reportedly due to her dislike for using sheet music and interest in rock and pop music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Tom Hulce practiced piano four hours a day for his role in Amadeus, but the music ended up being dubbed in anyway. hollywoodreporter.com/lis…
To get the rights to use or cover a song, you have to get the mechanical license. It's called a mechanical license because the concept was developed in the early 1900s for music that was played by player pianos (ones that play by themselves). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mec…
The namesake for the Marshall Tucker Band is alive and lives in South Carolina. Marshall Tucker, who is 95 & blind, is a retired piano tuner. wltx.com/article/news/loc…
Today I learned of Derek Amato, who after a head injury, was diagnosed with Acquired Musical Savant Syndrome, and suddenly could play expert level piano. When asked during an interview to perform a simple song, β€œTwinkle Twinkle Little Star”. He attempted, struggled, and gave up. npr.org/2016/02/22/467680…
The piano Freddie Mercury used to record "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the same one Paul McCartney used on "Hey Jude" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
The Steinway White House Piano in Miniature is not a toy piano, but a fully functional, artist-built, Steinway Grand Piano of over 12,000 parts, at 1:7 scale, and is considered an authentic Steinway piano by the company itself. mini.steinway.com/
Today China is experiencing piano frenzy with an estimated 40m children now learning to play. The instrument is increasingly in vogue among China’s burgeoning middle classes, who have the money to splurge on steep lessons and expensive fixtures. For many, owning a Steinway is a status symbol bbc.com/culture/story/201…
For the film 'Green Book', Kris Bowers had to step in to play piano for Mahershala Ali, since the original recordings were too low-quality to use. Bowers had never heard of Don Shirley before he was asked this, and had to teach Ali to play piano realistically for the part. npr.org/2019/02/21/696397…
Renowned concert pianist Krystian Zimerman's personal Steinway grand piano was confiscated when he landed in New York City to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. US customs destroyed his piano, claiming the glue smelled like explosives. theguardian.com/music/200…
Tori Amos, at age 2, could reproduce pieces of music on piano she had only heard once. At 3 years old, she was composing her own songs on piano. She has described seeing music as structures of light since early childhood, an experience consistent with chromesthesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
"Hey Jude" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" were both recorded using the same piano en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
Hey Jude, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tiny Dancer, Life on Mars? and more were recorded on the exact same C. Bechstein piano youtu.be/0tesy80wwR0
According to Noel Gallagher, one of the two reasons "Don't Look Back In Anger" uses the piano riff from "Imagine" is to "wind people up". He also doesn't fully know what the song means, as he wrote it under the influence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman no longer performs in the US, partly because one of his personal Steinway pianos was completely destroyed by JFK security staff in 2001, who also damaged another in 2006 by ripping off the keyboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kry…

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