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In Moscow, may open a shelter for pianos

April 10 2006

"With me you divide and sadness, and grief, my old, tired piano" - obviously, these lines from a once popular song best describe the ratio of the pianist Peter Aidu to the old piano. For several years he devoted to the search for these rare instruments, which are called "toppled kings."

Sad, but some of them were found them literally in the trash. According to Peter, in such places the piano can not be found, but important details can sometimes be. He has managed to restore about a dozen vintage instruments, each of which at least 100 years. Fortunately, not all owners of tools so relentless, that just throw pianos, end-of-its on the street. So, the first rescued by Peter instrument was found by his landlady, a caller pianist with a proposal to look at an old piano, which she was ready to throw it away. The musician said that watching it will not, and will take the better. So it all started.

Transportation ancient instruments - not an easy job. Royal disassemble into parts, and they must be careful to convey to the machine, while nothing can be either dropped, or even a hit - damage may be irreversible. Engage in such business for free, on enthusiasm alone can only genuine altruists and fans. Restoration of pianos - also hard work, but the result - the best reward for the true connoisseurs of art.

It is known that our modern pianos do not sound like their predecessors, for whom Beethoven composed music, or Mozart. As for the grand past era, when they fall into the hands of today's restorers, sometimes it's quite an adverse impact on the sound. Fortunately, found by Peter Aidu pianos - as a rule, unique, and not corrupt inept restoration tools with excellent sound. One of them -

piano of the famous British firm Collard & Collard, with its outdated pryamostrunnoy system, porcelain rollers and half-round keys. It was created in 1870-ies and has kept an excellent sound in spite of the passage of time.

Already by the fact that collecting such items is not quite typical, we can assume that Peter - the person is also unusual. This is a young musician, he was about 30 years, but he is already well known in Moscow musical get-together. Aidu was trained at the Moscow Conservatory, and at two faculties - piano and composing. At the same time he was involved in the class body and the lessons of jazz improvisation. Then the indefatigable musician began to learn the ancient instruments - guitar and baroque lute of the Renaissance. He became a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Society, performed concerts in Russia and abroad, as well as engaged in the synthesis of the arts. In addition, he loves to create different original conceptual designs, so the collecting pianos he came "with feeling, with really, emphatically."

Peter organized an exhibition in which it was possible to witness the photographs of his beloved "musical dinosaur" in all its glory. Each photo to include a description of where the philosophical vein poses challenges unjust and thoughtless attitude of modern man to the old instruments.

The plans of Peter is to organize a real haven for grand pianos. It is said the collector, since there are also shelters for homeless animals, why not create something similar for the piano, lost their masters? They, too, can not take care of themselves. He would like to find "a place where the piano can be stored and saving for later life." However, to implement the ideas need to find a building suitable size and, more importantly, people who agree to engage in content in the shelter of such unusual guests.Meanwhile, Peter loses hope and gives concerts, at which all interested persons to join the beautiful can hear the sound noble grand era.

Maria Pavlikova

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