Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Standard Steinways

Slate has an absolutely fascinating piece up on how the ubiquity of the modern Steinway piano has changed the character of the "classical" music we all know and love, with sound clips to demonstrate. Essentially, it would seem that the fact that all concert pianos are now the standard mellow and uniformly voiced Steinways removes a lot of the style of the piece as originally envisioned by the composer. The example from Beethoven's "Appassionata" sonata is truly eye- (ear-?) opening.

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