Philadelphia’ Only Piano Company

(UPDATE) I would be remiss if I didn’t also include a link to a related but separate story that Alex did about Hugh Sung and his “visual recital.” Just this past Wednesday, Sung played one of these recitals at the Woodmere Museum in Chestnut Hill.  He has been working with software that translates the music he plays into a visual representation.  Apparently his inspiration is the great mind of Walt Disney who used the animator’s pen to render Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Bach in images.  Sung’s software doesn’t create dancing hippos, which is kind of a bummer, but it’s pretty groundbreaking all the same.  In fact, hearing about this (I haven’t seen it yet, but I want to catch it soon), reminded my Simpsons-phile self of a tripped out Lisa Simpson saying “I can seeeee the muuuusic.”  Sung’s work allows you to have this experience without the psychotropics.

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WHYY’s Alex Schmidt took a little trip to the Germantown Ave. home of Cunningham Piano Company and Factory to do a story about their re-entry into the piano making business.

The Cunningham Grand is the company’s attempt to offer a high quality, lower cost alternative to the consumer who has never considered buying their own piano because of the outrageous prices.  As part of the fanfare over the Grand, a number of musicians have been playing the instrument, including Hugh Sung from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Mr. Sung will be playing the piano tonight at the Woodmere in what he calls a “visual recital,” using complex software that portrays the music on a large screen.  In Alex’s piece, Sung describes the inspiration for this performance as trying to recreate Walt Disney’s Fantasia in real time. (Edited: Actually, in this piece, he’s talking about the different pianos and comparing their quality vesus their price.  It’s the piece referenced above that deals with Sung’s “visual recital.”)

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4 Comments on “Philadelphia’ Only Piano Company”

  1. Jesse Says:

    Excellent story, but its driving me nuts – what is the name of the song Hugh Sung used to compare the difference between the three grands.

  2. alex Says:

    hi jesse
    it’s chopin’s first ballad in g minor. i thought people might wonder!
    cheers –

  3. Ross Says:

    Excellent story!!

    I hope this story drives today’s parents to again let their children discover the joy of making music at a piano. This can only be good for music, art, and the next generation in general.

    Thank you Alex, Hugh, and Cunningham!

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