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Down with the Music Rest
#2862409 06/24/19 05:48 PM
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We went to a recital yesterday that was played on a new $375,000 Yamaha Concert Grand. Most of the performers were very advanced and the music was terrific. We noticed that several of the performers put the music rest down before they started (and others didn't). Why did they do that? My best guess is that the rest may block some of the sounds to their ears.

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The music desk will block some sound to the pianist and possibly to the audience. The CFX has a 2019 SMP in The Piano Buyer of 180K and the acutal price paid would be less than that amount.

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The CFX has a 2019 SMP in The Piano Buyer of 180K and the acutal price paid would be less than that amount.

The recital was in a large piano store and they had two pianos on the stage. They threw out the price of $375,000 - probably $375K for the pair smile

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Yes, the music desk blocks some sound. Mostly, though, it looks more sophisticated to put it down when playing from memory.

Often, people remove the entire assembly (the desk can rattle from pedaling) leaving the pianist with a view of hammers and dampers--I find that distracting.

When playing with an orchestra, it sometimes helps for the pianist to have a view of the cello (or viola) section, which the music desk could block (although depending on stage placement, the tail of the lid might block the view, anyway).


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Mostly, though, it looks more sophisticated to put it down when playing from memory.

One guy actually stopped 15 seconds into his performance, put the rest down and restarted. Image, image, image . . .

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Mostly, though, it looks more sophisticated to put it down when playing from memory.

One guy actually stopped 15 seconds into his performance, put the rest down and restarted. Image, image, image . . .


That'a amazing, because starting should feel like jumping out of a plane--there's turning back. 😆


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Depending on how you lay out your music, it can be easier with the rest down. If you have the pages taped together so that you can read eight pages at once, you can spread the music across the top of the piano.

I recently saw Paul Lewis play the Diabelli Variations with a large tablet on the piano without a music rest.

I generally don't use the music rest on a grand. I took mine off to refinish it, and I got into the habit of not using it. I find it just as easy either way. I suppose it depends on height and seating position.

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I was taught to either put the music rack (desk?) down or take it off altogether when performing from memory.

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