Because of the piano’s 88 keys, it encompasses the full range of notes of all the instruments of the orchestra. That’s why orchestral composers and conductors are quite dependent on the piano for their musical ideas.
We at the Canadian Piano Society recognize that the piano is an instrument of sublime value. There are more musical works written for the piano than for any other instrument.
Lately, though, with the development of electronic music, the piano has regrettably stepped aside and become more like an instrument for accompaniment only. Its melodic lustre has been superseded by harmonic chord bangings and unsophisticated left-hand “templates,” designed to push it into the background.
How much better it would have been if we still had composers today with the mind of a Chopin or a Liszt!
But the musical mind of nowadays has become rooted to the spot, gripped by the mesmerizing effect of repetitive beats performed in pulses of clockwork precision. The feeling is gone.
And no one seems to miss this feeling!
Let us give the piano its rightful due. Let us not allow the magnificent art of piano playing to become a thing of the past, going the way of the dinosaurs.
Let us share what we know and learn from those who share.
Let’s do our best to play the piano properly.