Piano Enthusiasts

Piano Enthusiasts is a fun page!  It is dedicated to websites, links and information about some diverse, useful and fun piano resources.


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OSCAR PETERSON

Oscar Peterson is one of my all-time favorite jazz pianists as well as a favorite of most jazz piano enthusiasts. He was voted Jazz Pianist of the Year in 1950 by the Downbeat Readers’ Poll, a title he garnered for an additional twelve years. He toured the globe extensively with Jazz at the Philharmonic as well as with his own trio.

"Born August 15, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Oscar Peterson passed away at his home on the morning of December 23, 2007. His legacy lives on through his music. Oscar Peterson passed away at his home on the morning of December 23, 2007. His legacy lives on through his music."


LADY GAGA FUGUE

Here is a wonderful piece by Giovanni Dettori. "Lady Gaga Fugue", a piece based on the theme from the song "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. This should show how counterpoint can be fun and up to date!

"This is an outstanding way for a music teacher to introduce the idea of counterpoint to young people skeptical of Classical music - which is exactly what Leonard Bernstein would have done with this fugue."

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Da Vinci's 'Viola Organista'
comes to life in Poland  

A strange and beautiful instrument from the mind of the great artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci recently had its moment in the spotlight after a pianist reconstructed the contraption and premiered it in Poland.

Polish musician Slawomir Zubrzycki attempted to stay fairly faithful to Da Vinci’s original sketches of the ‘‘viola organista,’’ which the ingenius Renaissance artist included in his 12-volume collection of manuscripts, Codex Atlanticus, reports the Agence France-Presse.

Speaking to a rapt audience at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland, this October, Zubrzycki noted that the invention is something of a musical hybrid.

“This instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba,” he said, per the AFP. “I have no idea what Leonardo Da Vinci might think of the instrument I’ve made, but I’d hope he’d be pleased.”

The resulting instrument looks amazing, beautifully painted in red, blue and gold. Incorporating sixty-one strings, foot pedals and four spinning wheels wrapped in horse-tail hair, the viola organista has a rich “sonorous sound” not unlike a cello, Slate writes.

“Further up the keyboard, we hear a reedy, organ-like sound with a hint of harpsichord brusqueness in the mix,” Slate also says of the instrument. “Though the sound quality overall is pleasing, the instrument’s action — the speed with which a musician’s movement produces a sound — feels slightly delayed.”

As far as many experts know, Da Vinci never built the instrument, per the AFP. In the nearly 500 years since his death, few have ever heard its unique sound.


Leonardo da Vinci is one of the foremost artists in the history of Western art.  For a comprehensive look at his life and all his works, visit the:

Leonardo Da Vinci page



BOBBY McFERRIN & the Pentatonic Scale

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus", from the 2009 World Science Festival, June 12, 2009.

Go here for a full discussion of The PENTATONIC SCALE

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