JD writes: More musical delightfulness; this time on the piano. Hard to know what to include and what to leave out but these are some of my favourite pianists.
The piano: King of instruments-
"No other instrument has been as important to the history of Western music as the piano. Since its invention in Florence three hundred years ago, the piano has become many things to many people—a bridge between the worlds of classical and popular music and the ultimate composer’s companion."
And here are some of the finest players of that 'king of instruments' in the world of popular music-
Duke Ellington, Willie 'the lion' Smith, Billy Taylor:
There is added poignancy to this video by Allen Toussaint in that he died a few hours after the show:
And here are two of the best from the world of classical music:
- Glenn Gould who, as usual, is so engrossed in the music he sings/hums along with it. He IS the music:
- and Nikolai Demidenko:
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