[f_minor] NYorker article + Fred's Heintzman

Houpt, Fred fred.houpt at rbc.com
Mon Aug 30 09:37:22 EDT 2010

I am glad someone read the article, which I posted for several reasons.
First, GG's first big grand was a Steinway, that he used to do the
Goldberg (1) on.  Second, I love grand's, and sold pianos back in the
1980's for a short time at the downtown Eaton's Centre.  Third, because
it was a bit odd to see such a large number of pianos involved.
I also (now) just wanted to share a musical journey.  I had heard a
Ravel piece on the internet radio and thought, well why don't I print
off the "La Valse" and take it home.  I did and it took me I would guess
about 30 minutes (maybe I'm exaggerating) to actually play all the
notes.  I can easily say that the piano two hand version is in the top
10 of the most difficult pieces I have ever tried to make my way into.
So complex and now I fully understand why it is a show piece for people
like GG, Marc Andre Hamelin and other virtuosos.  It is wonderfully
colored and fabulously evocative music.  I have not played Godowsky
(spelling?) or other Hamelin specialties (of the most difficult
composers) but this Ravel is a challenge.  
We should think of creating our own favorite "hardest piano
music"......and compare notes.  I'm a bit busy right now but this might
be a fun idea....when it is quiet here.
Best regards,
Fred Houpt
(mea culpa - I still have not yet visited GG's grave....bad form on my

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