An old, immobile standard baby grand, originally manufactured in the early 1900’s and belonging to the Ambassador of Hong Kong, caught the eye of the musician and designer Sarah Davenport, who saw an opportunity to re-imagine the piano.
Mao Tse-Tung (1893 – 1976), founding father of the People's Republic of China, concerned by the influence of western culture, forbade western music, eschewing classical music for traditional Chinese music—banning the piano altogether in what was called 'The Cultural Revolution.'
Famous for playing Gershwin’s music and considered one of the leading interpreters of his work, Oscar Levant (1906 -1972), portrayed himself in the fictionalized biopic about George Gershwin in the 1945 movie Rhapsody in Blue.
Intuition, it would seem, should be enough to dispel any doubts as to the remedial affects of music upon the soul. Since the beginning of time, even before the development of instruments, man saw himself in accordance with the Music of the Spheres.
Vexations was written in 1893 by French composer/pianist Erik Satie (1866 – 1925). It is considered the longest piece of music (certified by the Guinness Book of World Records), but only contains ½ page of sheet music, or 180-notes.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959), the famous American architect, was known for controlling every aspect of a project—from the plan of the building to the design, choice and schematic of furniture, right down to every bit of material used.
In 2010, Apostol Tnokovski (b. 1982), a Macedonian product designer—known for his futuristic work and sea world metaphors—designed the Hydra Piano, drawing his inspiration from watching a performance by Lady Gaga.
There is a folk story that Victorian England in the early part of the 19th century exhibited its modesty to such an extreme proportion that they covered their piano legs to prevent any salacious thoughts.