MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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Yesterday, I had occasion to visit a monstrosity of a Shopping Centre called Cap 3000 at St Laurent du Var.

I went there specifically to buy a present for my French Grandchild...I knew what I wanted but after fruitless searching in the monster shopping centre, I made my way along another street until I found the Music Shop.

As I stepped in the door, I noticed numerous Pianos ( digital ) on my right. Having made my purchase quickly in a few minutes, I asked ' Do you have any ' real Pianos' here? ...' Downstairs Madame '

 

I descended and saw a huge display of Pianos...all shapes and sizes.  There were mostly Japanese imitations but then ...to my delight I saw a Steinway Grand ( boudoir size ). I sat down, adjusted the stool and then, as I turned slightly I caught sight of a Bosendorfer Grand on a Platform!!!

The Bosendorfer is indeed the King of Pianos. The last time I played one was at my Wigmore Hall debut as a Concert Pianist when I was 18....centuries ago!! Since then, during many Recitals I have never encountered that make again....to see it there in such a shop where the accoustics were awful ( metal ceilings! ) confounded me!! However , I quickly mounted the small platform, sat down and ' let rip'!!

Afterwards, as I assessed how it had felt to play a real Piano after some 12 years ( I have felt obliged to use a digital full sized keyboard in consideration of neighbours ), I realised that I had lost nothing of the original 'Feel 'and 'Touch ' of the genuine sensitively constructed Pianoforte. This was something of a relief!!

Having decided to ' test' myself by playing an extract from the most virtuoso in my repertoire , I was a tad embarrassed to find Monsieur standing just out of view. He was very kind and certainly felt the same way as myself about the ' Digital World' and what children are now experiencing as they try to learn ' Piano ' .....is this Music???? ''Well' he said..' It's all about money isn't it? ' Have a good day!!