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#2152839 - 09/18/13 09:05 AM The things one finds in dusty corners.  
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I was dropping my son off at preschool yesterday at our synagogue. Every time I go, I walk past a large auditorium, in which there's this piano under a dusty cover shoved in the far corner, on a dolly. A big one; though the room is so big that it's not apparent just how big it is until you get closer. I've never seen it played, I've never seen it without a cover.

It's a Steinway D-274. There's a small brass plaque on it identifying it as Samuel Barber's piano.

Huh. So that's what's under there.

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#2152844 - 09/18/13 09:11 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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I wonder why it doesn't it get played. A Steinway D is a lot of piano to have just sitting around.


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#2152849 - 09/18/13 09:21 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Originally Posted by Michael Sayers
I wonder why it doesn't it get played. A Steinway D is a lot of piano to have just sitting around.


M.


I know, right? And it's not like the synagogue members are generally unmusical or uninterested. Heck, as a tribe, we sure do like us some piano.

Someone is tuning it, though. And the maintenance guy said that for the longest time there was a whole humidifier contraption with a sensor living under it that he said he was asked to make sure was working, but he doesn't know where it went or why it's not there anymore.

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You need to play it! Bring it back to life! (It's Barber's piano for god's sake, it doesn't deserve to be left untouched.)


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#2152905 - 09/18/13 10:39 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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I did. After preschool dropoff today I decided to see if I had my second haydn movement memorized. The answer is "almost." I had my camera with me but it doesn't take the great audio. I recorded it anyway.

#2152906 - 09/18/13 10:40 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Originally Posted by TwoSnowflakes
I did. After preschool dropoff today I decided to see if I had my second haydn movement memorized. The answer is "almost." I had my camera with me but it doesn't take the great audio. I recorded it anyway.

Good for you!

#2152917 - 09/18/13 10:51 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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What an heirloom! and discovered in a synagogue.

And to think that Samuel Barber always wanted to be a composer ... here's what he wrote to his Mother at the age of 9.

"Dear Mother: I have written this to tell you my worrying secret. Now don't cry when you read it because it is neither yours nor my fault. I suppose I will have to tell it now without any nonsense. To begin with I was not meant to be an athlete. I was meant to be a composer, and will be I'm sure. I'll ask you one more thing.— Don't ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football.—
Please—Sometimes I've been worrying about this
so much that it makes me mad (not very)."

I've got space in my Living Room if nobody wants it ...
but I'm sure the stingy holders of the piano won't
want to part with their windfall.

I will always remember Barber for his haunting
Adagio for Strings.

#2152940 - 09/18/13 11:29 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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That's quite possibly the most adorable thing I've ever read from a child. Don't tell my own kids.

#2152952 - 09/18/13 11:56 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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And beat him when he sneezes;
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases"
(Thank you Lewis Caroll"

#2153036 - 09/18/13 02:36 PM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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In case you want to hear what it sounds like. Well, what it sounds like being played by someone like me! I can't change the fact that I only just restarted piano a few months ago, and there are stops and starts and bad notes. And then, for the icing on the cake, the camera chip ran out of room, but all that was left was the last measure and the repeat. Good thing I didn't do the initial repeats! Sorry for the camera angle. I had nowhere to put the camera other than just pointing into it. It's my digital SLR and it doesn't exactly have the right lens on it for video.

(I was going to get a recording of the first two movements for input anyway, so at least part of it is now up there, and I can continue to begin to overcome my extreme fear of anybody other than my family hearing me play. I'm pretty sure I'm awful, but my worst fear is that it won't get any better.)


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#2153040 - 09/18/13 02:42 PM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Wow it sounds gorgeous...even on a cell phone (or was it a real camera)! And the playing ain't half bad. smile It's a shame that such a lovely piano is just sitting there gathering dust. Maybe you could organize a recital series or something at the synagogue.


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Originally Posted by jazzyprof
Wow it sounds gorgeous...even on a cell phone (or was it a real camera)! And the playing ain't half bad. smile It's a shame that such a lovely piano is just sitting there gathering dust. Maybe you could organize a recital series or something at the synagogue.


LOL, thanks! It's a shame I didn't have the H4n with me. I've been trying to get something recorded for you to hear so you can tell how to set up the darn thing for good piano recording.

Edited to add: Yes, it's a digital SLR camera (a Canon T3i) but I've never really used it for anything other than still photography. I just had it with me for something else so I thought to push the record button.

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Where is it located? It sounds just lovely!

#2153498 - 09/19/13 04:39 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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#2153546 - 09/19/13 07:57 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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You play well. Please upload more when you are ready!


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#2153567 - 09/19/13 08:41 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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It is a great feeling to stumble upon a grand piano in an empty room. By the way, you are not even close to "awful".

#2153716 - 09/19/13 11:52 AM Re: The things one finds in dusty corners. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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I wonder if they’d sell the Steinway D-274 to a non-Jew .

I’m pretty sharp on the 10 Commandments and my best friend
for some 20 years was Sonny Goldberg (sadly no longer with us) ... and have even attended a service in a synagogue (not that I understood a word of what the hatted gents were grumbling about).

Kind regards, btb

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