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World Pianist Day – November 8, 2023

World Pianist Day comes around each November 8. It’s dedicated primarily to pianists and their achievements. The world has seen and will see many unsurpassed musicians whose music has traversed through the ages.

It’s a day to treasure the emotions pianists evoke with their performance. Indeed, it makes our hearts move with ultimate joy. As many piano events as possible are held to embrace this joy. Because most forms of Western music can use the piano, pianists have a wide choice of styles to choose from, including jazz and blues. It’s also a chance for those who have never been involved to give it a try.

History of World Pianist Day

Typically, modern classical pianists dedicate their careers to performing, recording, teaching, and researching new works to expand their repertoire. They do not usually write or transcribe music, as, for example, pianists did in the 19th century. Some classical pianists may specialize in accompaniment and chamber music, while others, relatively few, will perform as full-time soloists. As for the classical pianists, one of the greatest examples is Mozart. People consider him the first “concert pianist” because he often and widely performed on the piano. Composers of the classical era, Beethoven and Clementi, were also famous for their playing, as well as Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann. And in the classical period, the piano begins to consolidate its place in the hearts and souls of everyday people.

In turn, jazz pianists almost always perform with other musicians. Comparing their playing with the playing of classical pianists, we can say that it is freer, and there is an atmosphere of spontaneity in their performances. They usually do not record their compositions. Improvisation is a significant part of their work. The famous jazz pianists are represented by Bill Evans, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, and Baden Powell.

World Pianist Day timeline

1700
The Piano

In Italy, Bartolomeo Cristofori invents the string keyboard instrument.

2002
The Pianist

A biographical military drama film titled “The Pianist” is released and is based on the autobiographical book of the same name and memoirs about the Holocaust by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Wladyslaw Spielman.

2015
Piano Day

German pianist and composer Niels Fram comes up with the idea.

2016
Oslo Jazz Festival

Tord Gustavsen plays piano during the concert.

World Pianist Day FAQs

Why do pianists have veiny hands?

Pianists, especially professionals, practice many hours a day. And when you play the piano for a long time, more blood flows to your hands.

Why do we celebrate Piano Day?

This day honors the music of the past and promotes its development.

Is there a National Music Day?

Sure. World Music Day, first launched in France, is celebrated annually on June 21.

World Pianist Day Activities

  1. Concert

    The most obvious way to celebrate World Pianist Day is to attend a piano concert. You will be able to fully enjoy the piano’s delightful melody.

  2. Watch the film

    Watch “The Pianist” movie. It will introduce you to the complicated but rich and satisfying life of a pianist and composer.

  3. Play the piano

    World Pianist Day is the perfect day to hone your piano skills. Do not waste time, take the instrument and play your favorite composition.

5 Facts About Pianos You Should Know

  1. Ivory keys

    Unlike modern pianos in the 1970s, which are made of plastic, those that were made earlier were of ebony and ivory.

  2. Tension

    The piano contains from 220 to 230 steel strings, each of which can withstand about 168 tons of tension.

  3. The widest range of notes

    A typical 88-key piano has seven octaves, compared to the four octaves found on guitar and violin.

  4. The pedals change the tone

    Traditionally, the piano has three pedals that change the articulation of the piano.

  5. Tuning

    The new piano needs to be tuned three to four times a year to allow the new strings to take hold.

Why We Love World Pianist Day

  1. It is a tribute to the pianists

    Often people underestimate the merits and achievements of pianists. World Pianist Day is designed to thank them for their contributions to the history of piano music.

  2. We love piano

    The piano is a unique musical instrument. Its sounds are enchanting and inspiring.

  3. It is a day to try yourself

    If you could not dare to learn to play the piano, then consider that the time has come. World Pianist Day is a day to test yourself and your possibly hidden musical abilities.

World Pianist Day dates

YearDateDay
2023November 8Wednesday
2024November 8Friday
2025November 8Saturday
2026November 8Sunday
2027November 8Monday

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