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Friday, October 31, 2008

Dynamic Pianists and Old Men

I'm in a rehearsal right now.

Every time I hear someone say, "The piano is too loud; we need to close the lid," a little part of me dies.

And how much worse when the pianist suggests it herself!

The highlight of the evening so far: An innocuous old man of about ninety (my college Latin teacher) stepped forward from the choir and, in a surprising movement of this just-written cantata, began to sing the blues - very well.

1 comment:

  1. Actually, I frequently shut the lid completely when practicing - way too loud and my ears start to buzz. But those are practice room pianos, crammed in rooms far too small for them. In rehearsals on a decent piano, one should always try to rehearse the way it's going to be performed, lid up, down, or half-way!