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Maybe its just coincidence, but all decent pianists I've seen are either slim or near anorexic. Is it because skinny people has longer/slimmer fingers, and can therefore play with more ease/technique, or just a natural thing, like sumo wrestlers having to be large?

I was browsing through some biographies of various composers, and noticed all of this. Even the ones in their old age were noticeably slim (not necessarily fit), especially Liszt and Chopin, who looked like sticks all their lives. Or maybe it's because pianists made so little money they couldn't afford to feed themselves? laugh


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No money for food. laugh

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LOL!!!

There is a professional pianist who teaching some at my university. She's maybe 5 feet tall, and has hands not much bigger than a doll's. But she is absolutely amazing. So she's petite, but not skinny.


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Ha,

Pianoplaying can be hard work, and stressfull. I think playing piano intensivly makes you loose weight quickly.

Also it's indeed probably so that thin hands help with technique , so that it ends up that most famous pianists have thin hands.

Then from childhood, it's probably so that (generalizations, prejudices) certain types of children will be more drawn to playing piano, and it's probably not the athletic/sporty/populair types.

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Eh because they forget to eat in the midst of practice?

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You mean like these guys?

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Sokolov.

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I'm going to have to agree with skeletony because that is exactly the reason in my case.... i get so caught up in the practise i'll notice (usually lunch) meals fly by only after i'm done and ready for the next one!

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I sweat when I practice.

It's tough work.


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I often sweat too.

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because they need skinny fingers fitting between black keys, and they just cannot afford to be too fat!

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Scarlatti was so fat by the end of his career that he couldn't play his own music; he couldn't cross his hands anymore.

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Scarlatti was so fat by the end of his career that he couldn't play his own music; he couldn't cross his hands anymore.
is this real? eek

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Arcadi Volodos came to mind pretty quickly, then came Brahms.

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I sweat when I practice.
Get (rent, buy, borrow) a copy of the DVD of Sokolov's performance in Paris. He really works up a sweat, especially during the Prokofiev sonata.

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Scarlatti was so fat by the end of his career that he couldn't play his own music; he couldn't cross his hands anymore.
Haha, I can believe that. Isn't this the same time period where the most beautiful women were the more big and beautiful type? wink

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I would have to say that the whole premise of this thread is wrong.

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Meh...SinspawnAmmes was observing, not persuading his opinion upon us. It's all good. laugh

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Not all pianists are slim....actually...most that I can think of are heavy :

Sokolov
Gutierrez
Ohlssohn
Toradze
Goode
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Volodos
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Brahms was a little plump.

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Richard Goode is a pretty husky guy. Saint-Saens was not too thin either. But I get your point Sinspawn, an inproportionate number of pianists are thin. I was going to give the same reason as skeletony.

Besides, we don't need food, our music feeds our bellies and our souls.


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