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RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:37 pm
by fjgajewski
My student Melvin Diep and I were invited recently to examine a piano, putatively Rachmaninoff's, which resides at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. We made a pilgrimage to Manhattan posthaste. Melvin played and recorded an Etude-Tableau on the instrument.

The Steinway is kept under lock and key in a practice room. Thanks to the size of the room and open lid, the sound was powerful even when one played leggiero and/or una corda. I suspect the piano would be obstreperous even in a concert hall and wondered whether it displayed its present personality in Rachmaninoff's day.

youtube.com/watch?v=29TMjy53WH0 (clicking "more" displays a link to an interesting article from the NY Times)

Re: RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:57 pm
by RACHBOY
wow how wonderful! did you like playing it and did you make any photo's?



fjgajewski wrote:My student Melvin Diep and I were invited recently to examine a piano, putatively Rachmaninoff's, which resides at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. We made a pilgrimage to Manhattan posthaste. Melvin played and recorded an Etude-Tableau on the instrument.

The Steinway is kept under lock and key in a practice room. Thanks to the size of the room and open lid, the sound was powerful even when one played leggiero and/or una corda. I suspect the piano would be obstreperous even in a concert hall and wondered whether it displayed its present personality in Rachmaninoff's day.

youtube.com/watch?v=29TMjy53WH0 (clicking "more" displays a link to an interesting article from the NY Times)

Re: RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:13 pm
by Marianne
Thank you so much for the record and the article!
Amazing!

I wish there were more classified information about Rachmaninoff's instruments all over the world...

Here is the picture of the piano in the study of Rachmaninoff in his favourite Ivanovka:

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Re: RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO

Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:27 pm
by morakeo
Fantastic. How nice!!!

Re: RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:13 am
by kurtdaniel
fjgajewski wrote:My student Melvin Diep and I were invited recently to examine a piano, putatively Rachmaninoff's, which resides at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. We made a pilgrimage to Manhattan posthaste. Melvin played and recorded an Etude-Tableau on the instrument.

The Steinway is kept under lock and key in a practice room. Thanks to the size of the room and open lid, the sound was powerful even when one played leggiero and/or una corda. I suspect the piano would be obstreperous even in a concert hall and wondered whether it displayed its present personality in Rachmaninoff's day.

youtube.com/watch?v=29TMjy53WH0 (clicking "more" displays a link to an interesting article from the NY Times)
thanks for sharing this.. being a Rach fan, his intrument would be of great interest to me. It will inspire me more on my piano music lesson :)