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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:45 am 
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How about a piano built in reverse, the high notes to the left and the bass to the right? Victor Borge would've enjoyed that! I wonder what the effect would be if the soundboard was made of something other than wood, like glass or quartz.

Cardboard! :lol: That cracks me up. Next thing, they'll be putting ping-pong balls and set mousetraps on the strings.

I'd never heard of a microtone piano, I can't wait to hear it!

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Well, I found a microtone piano video. Wow, its truly bizzare. I almost couldn't listen to the whole thing.
Since I have perfect pitch, it was distressing. It made me sea-sick but there is a part of me that wants to hear more.

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How about a piano built in reverse, the high notes to the left and the bass to the right?

I seem to remember such a thing exists, was built for a pianist who had some problem using a normal one. Can't recall the details though.

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Cardboard! :lol: That cracks me up. Next thing, they'll be putting ping-pong balls and set mousetraps on the strings.

Nothing that avant-garde. Just some strip if material of a prescribed length that you can grab and use to press and hold down key clusters. Amazing, if you think that this Ives sonata goes back to 1915 or so .... The guy was really pretty unconventional.
No glissandi in there though (just in case we want to get back on topic :lol: )

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PJF wrote:
Since I have perfect pitch, it was distressing.



dang, i wish i had perfect pitch...it would make life easier :lol:


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Since I have perfect pitch, it was distressing.
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dang, i wish i had perfect pitch...it would make life easier :lol:


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Perfect pitch is as much a curse; I wish I didn't have it. But we digress...

Does anyone know of the earliest keyboard piece with glissando? I can't imagine Bach doing such a thing, Mozart maybe. I imagine it would have been possible only after the forte-piano was invented.

I once read that upon rising from the piano, Chopin had the "sad habit" of running his finger up the keyboard as if to forcibly rip himself from it.

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 Post subject: Re: glissandos
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:30 pm 
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Well i think it is called Glissandos, ...


"glissandos" :?: That looks like a spanish word to me... Glissandi is the plural. :wink:
But do carry on... :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:14 am 
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I don't know of any downward octave glissandos.


Brahms's Paganini Variations (Book I, Var. XIII).

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These would be extremely hard to play with the RH so I doubt that Beethoven meant these runs as a glissando.


Indeed Beethoven meant them as glissandi in the Waldstein Sonata (as well as in the First Concerto), at least, according to musicologists and historically informed pianists. A clue to that is Beethoven's original fingering, which indicates 1-5 on each octave, quite redundant if that weren't the case. As to the difficulty of octave glissandi on a modern piano, yes, they are troublesome, for sure more troublesome than on Beethoven's times fortepianos, whose key dip was shallower and action very light. Arrau himself could drop the Waldstein from his recital program, if the instrument wasn't properly regulated.


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 Post subject: Octave Glissandi
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Some pianists rub the tip of the 5th finger on the greasy part of the head or palm just before doing downward octave glissandi.


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Perfect pitch is as much a curse; I wish I didn't have it. But we digress...

I think I have it even though I cannot do it under pressure - I can abstain from music all day and then sing the first note of a song that I know well before it begins, perfectly in tune, but I sometimes can't name a pitch on the spot. I just know that the jukebox at my job has songs that are warped, that go in and out of tune rapidly, and it drives me absolutely batty because I can't convince anyone else that I work with that there's anything wrong with it! Argh!

I heard something for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart in college, I think by Ives, and I remember actually liking it (much to my surprise).

(Digression can be fun.) :)

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