Thursday, February 2, 2012

Death and the Piano

"The piano is a very finicky instrument to record, with an existential problem: attack followed by decay, every note a death. You want to capture the ping, the clarity of the beginning of each note, but you also want to get the ephemeral singing tone that remains. It's a complicated balance: the souls of the piano and of the pianist hang on it."

From Jeremy Denk's nice piece "Flight of the Concord" in this week's New Yorker

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