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Originally Posted by Sebs
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Who cares what they wear and doesn’t matter whether a wedding band or not. I think anyone professional or not should wear what they like and not care what the viewers think.
They should ignore their audience?

They don’t need to ignore them but they don’t need care what others think of how they look. I always thought art is about expression just cause some wear suits doesn’t mean it’s a requirement
Some would say the pianist's attire should not distract from their musical expression.

I don't think it's a big deal especially since Ciccolini is such a great pianist and the rings are only highly visible on video close ups of his hands. OTOH so far on this thread there has not been another major professional pianist named, male or female, who wears several large rings while playing. I think most of them choose to do that for the reasons I've mentioned.

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Among non classical pianists large rings are pretty common, I think it's almost always a sign of bravura/bravado.

Among classical pianists large rings are not common, among classical pianists having long nails serves for the same purpose. laugh

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
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Who cares what they wear and doesn’t matter whether a wedding band or not. I think anyone professional or not should wear what they like and not care what the viewers think.
They should ignore their audience?

They don’t need to ignore them but they don’t need care what others think of how they look. I always thought art is about expression just cause some wear suits doesn’t mean it’s a requirement
Some would say the pianist's attire should not distract from their musical expression.

I don't think it's a big deal especially since Ciccolini is such a great pianist and the rings are only highly visible on video close ups of his hands. OTOH so far on this thread there has not been another major professional pianist named, male or female, who wears several large rings while playing. I think most of them choose to do that for the reasons I've mentioned.


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Originally Posted by dogperson
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I don't think it's a big deal especially since Ciccolini is such a great pianist and the rings are only highly visible on video close ups of his hands. OTOH so far on this thread there has not been another major professional pianist named, male or female, who wears several large rings while playing. I think most of them choose to do that for the reasons I've mentioned.


This pianist was from a earlier post in this thread. Think you missed it

https://youtu.be/oh-4F17wlCQ
Those rings look inappropriate to me but that's just my preference. I checked four other of his videos and he had no rings. I think the rings were a one off for that video and maybe a suggestion of the director. So I think we still have just one ring wearer among all the thousands of pro classical pianists.

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As long as it doesn't adversely affect the finger performance for the piece they're playing, it doesn't matter.

People like Ludovico can wear whatever, because his generic pop is really easy to play and requires little skill.

You can put on plate and chainmail and play that easy stuff just fine.

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Though not a pianist, I'm reminded of Diane Bish's cocktail rings. I don't really mind anything but jiggly bracelets, though.



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Originally Posted by spanishbuddha
Ludovico Einaudi plays whilst wearing quite a large ring on one hand.
Meh. One can play his music wearing gardening gloves.

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In answer to the original question, yes, if they want to.
If there are people who think it's inappropriate, then it's their right to boycott the artist, if they feel that strongly. A professional musician should know if it affects their playing ability. If it does they shouldn't need to be told.

To twist the question around would I attend a concert where I had to adhere to some arbitrary dress code (i.e. suit and tie*). Answer no.

*In my working life (now over) where a dress code was enforced on staff, I always wanted someone to explain to me, how having a piece of cloth round my neck (a tie), helped me perform my duties better. It never did.

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Yes... you should. Especially when you're reviewing an instrument that is not yours. Don't forget to make a few huge glissando's across the keyboard, so you can be -absolutely sure- that you damage it properly.

/sarcasm

(I've seen this happen several times with people reviewing Hammond organ clones on YouTube.)

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Originally Posted by Simon_b
[...]*In my working life (now over) where a dress code was enforced on staff, I always wanted someone to explain to me, how having a piece of cloth round my neck (a tie), helped me perform my duties better. It never did.

Cheers

Does this answer your no-longer-relevant question?

Dress for Success

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So you should dress like a slob if you want to become a tech billionaire. grin

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No it doesn't, and nothing anybody posts will change my view.

I'm not saying it doesn't have an impact on other people, maybe even a vast majority, but for me it was just an annoyance and if anything degraded my performance. That's just how I am.
Happily for most of my career my employers adopted a casual dress code.

It's really off topic and I should never have introduced it into the post. Sorry.

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Originally Posted by BruceD
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[...]*In my working life (now over) where a dress code was enforced on staff, I always wanted someone to explain to me, how having a piece of cloth round my neck (a tie), helped me perform my duties better. It never did.

Cheers

Does this answer your no-longer-relevant question?

Dress for Success

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That explains why I'm never invited to weddings, parties, funerals etc, because I absolutely refuse to wear anything other than my usual T-shirt and shorts and running shoes (I need to be ready to run away at any time, for instance if someone suddenly has a brainwave and invites me to give a speech, and all I can think to talk about is the intricacies of Stockhausen's Klavierstück IX).


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I admit I wasn't a revolutionary who refused to adhere to dress codes at work, when it was required I grudgingly, and sometimes argumentatively did so. That degree of compromise allowed me to retire at 58 last year. I worked to live, I didn't live for work.

Again (!), I'm in complete agreement with Bennevis. I wear T-shirts and Jeans, and sometimes casual shirts. If anybody, or any establishment wants anything else, I won't be there.

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I always liked the idea of rings, blame that part of me that thought yeah Elton John and even Liberace are kind of cool. My first wedding ring seemed to be a bit cumbersome and didn't work well with my smaller hands, but me and my wife switched to silicone rings, and that was kind of the best of both worlds. For some reason, I just feel I can move around better with one one(compared to my older ring) and eventually we plan to do tattoos instead of rings. Of course this doesn't answer the question at all, I think it just depends on the pianist, and the performance, and the audience, and the weather that day, if you woke up on the right side of the bed, and if you had a well balanced breakfast.

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I'm impressed by anyone who can play with hand jewelry. I don't wear my wedding ring during work, because I can't type comfortably with it on.

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Originally Posted by Simon_b
To twist the question around would I attend a concert where I had to adhere to some arbitrary dress code (i.e. suit and tie*). Answer no.

I always like to wear a tie when I go to a concert or opera. Not because of a dress code (generally there isn't one). But because to me it feels appropriate.

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Originally Posted by David-G
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To twist the question around would I attend a concert where I had to adhere to some arbitrary dress code (i.e. suit and tie*). Answer no.

I always like to wear a tie when I go to a concert or opera. Not because of a dress code (generally there isn't one). But because to me it feels appropriate.
Sounds like you have a lot of class. thumb thumb thumb


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I wear a tie when I do my impresario work. So do the musicians.


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