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Toy Pianos and love of magical sounds

June 8, 2010

I had never heard of toy pianos as an instrument anyone took seriously until today when I discovered Phyllis Chen and Margaret Leng Tan, both pianists who have made their way in the music world by mastering an instrument meant for children… In fact, Tan claims that anything that sounds good on a “normal” piano sounds BETTER on a toy piano! I recommend one of Phyllis Chen’s performances (“Suite for Toy Piano” by John Cage), which you can listen to here (she switches to normal piano midway and then back again and you can see what a talented pianist she is, the toy piano just makes everything sound so easy!).

Only when I listened to more did I suddenly notice that Yann Tiersen uses the instrument extensively in the Amelie soundtrack. There is a very cute video with him performing the song La Redeconverte from the soundtrack  here (a must see since it is accompanied by a frolicking Totoro). It definitely is a charming sound and so quirky! I hear that Phyllis Chen sometimes performs in New York and I think it would be nice to make an evening of dessert and toy pianos (somehow they seem to go together).

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  1. Annie permalink
    June 9, 2010 5:12 pm

    Hehe cute post!

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