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Keithlard's Magic Piano

Well as those of you who follow this closely will be aware, I have lately taken up playing the piano (audio evidence). It is alright tinkling away on my entry-level Bontempi keyboard (which admittedly is driving a Mac playing samples of a £100,000 Steinway), but it is not the same as having a real magic piano of your very own. So after some considerable amount of scouring piano shops all across this land, I have acquired my new instrument (pictured).

It is a rather lovely 1911 C. Bechstein Model 9 and we made friends straight away in the shop. It didn’t follow me home exactly, but I’m sure it would have done if it could. So I have commanded it to be expertly restored, tuned, and topped up with coal and oil, and it is now installed in my library, or music room, depending what I am doing in there at the time.

Here is a poor-quality phone recording of me playing it, complete with accidentally-on-purpose wrong notes, so you can hear what it sounds like:

J.S. Bach - Prelude No.1 in C major.mp3 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, book I)

Horizon Variations

Me playing Max Richter’s ‘Horizon Variations’ (from the album The Blue Notebooks).

I like this piece a lot, and it is quite easy. But then everything is easy once you know.

Horizon Variations.mp3