In the 1970s, John Cage penned a piece of music that was so big and important, that the American pianist had to have it on a piano to perform it.
“I’ve had a piano, I’ve had two pianos, I know about pianos and I’m very fond of them, but I’ve never seen a piano that was that big,” Cage said, according to the New York Times.
“You just never get that with music, even though you could make a lot of noise.
I remember being on a train going to New York City when I was a little boy, and the conductor said to me, ‘How come you never heard a piano before?
You should have heard it.'”
But even though the piano has been a big part of the lives of artists and music lovers, it’s also been an issue of contention.
“The Piano,” as it’s known in the United States, was created by pianist and composer Giorgio Giorno, and it’s been criticized as an insult to jazz pianists and jazz composers.
“A pianist should not be punished for what he or she does,” jazz pianist Miles Davis said in a 2014 interview with The Washington Post.
“If a pianist can’t do a job, it doesn’t mean that he or She’s incompetent.
And when it comes to jazz, it shouldn’t be called jazz, but it should be called ‘a jazz pianissimo.'”
Giorno died in 1997, but the piano remains an issue for critics and musicians alike.
Critics have called for a change in the name of the instrument, and musicians have voiced their opinions on the controversy.
“When you put the instrument on a stage it doesn`t seem like a good idea, and if the conductor says it is a good sound, it should not have been there,” guitarist and composer Steve Earle said in an interview with NPR in 2015.
“It`s a piece that was born of an era when jazz was considered to be a genre.
It`s something that is very close to our hearts.”
Giorno also wrote two of the most popular jazz pianos ever, the C7 chord and the Piano Concerto No. 1.
According to the pianist, the piano was meant to “dance” with music and he wanted it to be “the most interesting thing in the world.”
“The piano has become so important to so many people that it’s kind of like the theme of The Lord of the Rings,” Giorno told NPR in 2007.
“And the idea of the music, the way it works, the things that you can do with it is so profound and fascinating and powerful.”
Giusto’s son, John, told NPR that the piano is not a “stereotypical instrument” and that it is not something “you see a lot on stage.”
He added that Giorno “loved the music of the piano, but we do not understand why the piano works.”
A Piano LessonIn 2013, a New York-based piano conservatory named Piano Lessons took the piano on tour.
“We were amazed to see how the piano in its original form was transformed into something new, something beautiful,” the conservatory said in its website.
“From the C minor chord through the most famous piano pieces, from the Piano Trio, to the C major, the Piano Lessies are just a glimpse of what is to come.”
Piano Lessones is an organization dedicated to helping musicians learn new music.
In an interview for NPR’s This American Life, composer John Cage said he has a “love-hate relationship” with the piano.
“It’s a great instrument, but for a certain generation, it was considered a musical instrument of the ’60s and ’70s, and you would have had to know the notes, you would be able to play the piano with the finger on the keys, and even to know where the keys were on the piano,” Cage told NPR.
“That is an interesting thing about it.
And for me, that was the era where I really did learn the piano.”
He added that the music in the piano should not get the credit it has today, and he’s concerned that it could “become a sort of black hole that nobody wants to go to.”
In the video above, you can see the pianos’ transformation from a black hole to a beautiful thing.