“Mettez votre tête au bout de vos doigts” (Put your head at the end of your fingers) (Isidor Philipp)
A piano is a curious thing. To most people, Cristofori’s harpicembalo, che fà il piano e il forte, is merely one of many musical instruments heavily anchored within Western classical music. For those who are lucky enough to know how to play the piano, the King of the musical jungle is a tool of expression, a means of communicating and a partner on adventures. It takes 7500 parts working like clockwork, 18 tons of pressure, 230 strings vibrating in the air and (usually) ten fast fingertips to carve out the unmistakeable sound of a piano roaring with delight. In the coming weeks I will have a chance to tickle the ivories on a few occasions.