Friday, March 12, 2010

Touching history.

If you are going to have a piano in your hotel room the keys should be as flawless as the ones on this 1909 Steinway Grand Piano. Admittedly I didn't dust for fingerprints, but I did attempt to play a Chopin score. Failing at Chopin is more admirable than receiving an F for the chopsticks.

Fortunately, the Sutherland Suite at the Connaught in London is soundproofed. Rumor has it Bette Midler has performed The Rose on this very piano in this very room. This very piano is even more historically significant. It belonged to Jewish-Polish pianist Władysław Szpilman whose survival of the holocaust was retold by director Roman Polanski in the triple-Oscar winning film The Pianist. I am humbled. Hit.

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