Author Archives: Jason
The great Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson was born August 15, 1925 in Montreal Canada and passed away on December 23, 2007 in Mississauga Ontario Canada.
Kristian Bezuidenhout performed the Mozart Piano Concerto No 22 with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Mozart Tempest, 2011. Here, he takes us on a tour of the instrument.
An appreciation of style and grace fuels Kris Bezuidenhout’s long-held passion for Mozart, writes Steve Dow.
Bezuidenhout will play, as he often does, on fortepianos similar to those Mozart played and composed on. A fortepiano is the early version of a piano, lighter in both construction and sound. But the instrument has been neglected in recent recordings of the classical repertoire.
Bezuidenhout, 32, who also plays piano and harpsichord, is changing that situation by using fortepiano in his planned recording of nine volumes covering all of Mozart’s solo keyboard music, at the rate of two volumes a year.
The lower player piano action consists of numerous components. These include the pumping bellows, pumping pedals, reservoirs and trunk. Various gaskets and valves will be found located here also. All of these parts must be disasembled so that the restoration work can commence on each individual component.
Work has now commenced on my latest player piano (pianola) restoration project.
Firstly, all the components from the entire player piano action must be removed from the piano.
Pictured below are the various parts of the player piano action.
A New Year, A New Restoration.
The new year brings with it a new restoration project. This latest project is a Victor WH Paling Player Piano or pianola, as they are often called. This particular restoration will involve a total rebuild of the player piano action, as the player piano is not in working order at all.
Throughout this diary, i will be documenting each part of the restoration process, so you will be able to follow along and see all that is involved with this particular rebuild.