Playing a round......
Posted by Kimberley on April 19, 1998 at 22:23:25:
In response to Socially acceptable physical contact, written by Kay on April 19, 1998 at 20:14:31
]I attended a piano four-hands concert/lecture last night. The pianists noted that since Mozart's time, when piano keyboards got wider, duets became popular, especially between young men and women who were interested in each other. They sat close together on the narrow piano bench, their hands crossed and touched and their legs met as they reached for the pedals. This would add a romantic element to stories! And it was all okay because they were creating music.
] One gets the impression in Jane Austen's books, though, that playing the piano was a feminine pursuit. Perhaps the man would sing, and stand close by, but I don't recall any piano four-hands duets. Do any of you experts have any comments?
I am no expert, but I recall in Sense and Sensability, Mrs. Jennings states that Col. Brandon does play the piano. She then proceeds to tease the Col. and Marianne about playing a duet. Marianne declares that she does not know any duets, and leaves us with the impression that duet playing is something quite intimate indeed. ;)
- Piano playing & men Andrea Jutson 23:00:06 4/21/98 (2)
Posting followups to old messages is disabled; instead go to the main index and post a new message which mentions this one.