Piano to Replicate Performances by Two Long-Dead Virtuoso Pianists

Classic Arts News   Piano to Replicate Performances by Two Long-Dead Virtuoso Pianists
 
A player piano in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been programmed to give note-perfect renditions of performances by the late pianists Glenn Gould and Alfred Cortot, the Agence France-Presse reports.

A concert of the two works— a 1962 performance by Gould of the Goldberg Variations, and a 1928 performance by Cortot of a Chopin prelude—will be held next month in Raleigh.

According to the British magazine New Scientist, "The piano will replicate every note struck, down to the velocity of the hammer and position of the key when it was played."

Zenph Studios, a Raleigh-based software company, figured out how to transcribe recordings of those performances into high-resolution MIDI files that can be played on a Disklavier Pro concert grand piano.


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