Held once every four years, the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
is being livecast
. Running from May 24th to June 9th, performers — some of the best young pianists in the world — are currently in the preliminary round.
warms up for the BBC, mixing improvisation with a bit of the first Chopin étude. [more inside]
composed Circus Galop
for the player piano. Performing it is impossible for a mere pair of human hands, but two people have tried to fake it until they make it
. Another has transcribed it
(or half of it, perhaps) for one player
. Often, people will run it through a MIDI sequencer of their choice, to make a lively animation
. Some have built Arduino robots
that perform it
. But, in the end, the best medium for a work this insane is the humble, yet manic player piano
(less manic, but clearer-sounding performance here
). Hamelin himself
has run his composition through one, managing to get his television host to start dancing as the closing credits fade out...