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A Bicycle and a Baby Grand Piano Help Ease Pain in Paris

The day after the horrific attacks in Paris, one man pulled a piano by bike to briefly comfort a grieving world, if only for a few moments<p>On Saturday, Davide Martello, a German pianist and street artist who performs under the name Klavierkunst, pedaled to the Bataclan concert hall pulling a …

Lalique and Steinway & Sons Create a Grand Piano that Truly Dazzles

It took over two years to bejewel the piano in over 1,000 crystals…<p>After releasing the Heliconia piano last year (bedecked with heliconia flowers …

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When Is a Piano Not a Piano?

A century ago, musicians predicted instrument design changes that never happened.<p>When the piano was invented some 300 years ago, it was a technological marvel. The harpsichord could produce sound plucked at a single volume level, but the piano allowed for the kind of nuance you might expect from a …

The Piano That Can't Play a Tune

How Fats Domino’s restored showpiece reflects the trajectory of post-Katrina New Orleans, an Object Lesson<p>If you could see Fats Domino’s piano today—white and gleaming on a pedestal at the Louisiana State Museum in the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans’ French Quarter—you might think he had been kind …


Yamaha's new and more affordable hybrid pianos

Smaller and less expensive than "real" pianos, and Yamaha hybrids never need tuning.<p>In 2009 I wrote about a new kind of piano, Yamaha's $20,000 AvantGrand. It's a hybrid (digital/acoustic) piano. Yamaha now offers a full line of hybrids, with prices starting at $5,499 for the recently released …

The keys to Canada’s musical history reside in Glenn Gould’s pianos

Governor-General David Johnston is more hockey player than pianist – one of North America's oldest outdoor rinks is literally in his backyard – although he did take violin lessons as a kid. But when he leans against the black, early-1930s Steinway Model B grand piano in the corner of Rideau Hall's …

Ai Weiwei brings a grand piano to Idomeni refugee camp

Of all the sights you’d least expect to see in a squalid, mud-filled refugee camp, a woman playing a white grand piano has to be up there. Which is probably what Ai Weiwei had in mind when he dragged one to the middle of Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, and invited Nour Al Khzam …

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