Rating:
Will Pickvance returns after a successful run last year of his recital-cum-lecture, in which he dissects his relationship with the piano. The format definitely works: with a single piano and a powerpoint presentation, Will takes us through his own experiences as a traveling pianist, regales the audience with a fantastical account of the origins of the piano and often digresses into comic whimsy.

He even comes up with something like a musicological theory about the need for pianists to adapt to setting and instrument, and the subjective realisation of value by the “opinionists.”

The problem with Anatomy of the Piano is that it’s all too much all at once: the audience get tasters of Will’s storytelling, his playing, and his theories about the piano, but are never fully satiated. Ironically, it’s also ten minutes too long: the ending reiterating what we have already understood, and tending towards sentiment.

Words: Luke Davies

Anatomy of the Piano, Summerhall, Jul 31 – Aug 23 (not 11), 20:20

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