Since both of my parents are pianists, you’d think I would have been exposed to Rachmaninoff through them. No so, as I recall. The first time I really noticed a Rachmaninoff piece was in The Seven Year Itch. In this 1955 comedy, Tom Ewell’s character fantasizes about playing the Second Piano Concerto to seduce the siren next door (Marilyn Monroe!). Ironically, it was this hilarious dream sequence made me a lifelong fan of Rachmaninoff’s lush, sweeping, bittersweet work. (The movie is best remembered for Marilyn Monroe’s pause over a windy subway grate in a white halter dress.) If memory serves, I was so taken by the movie that I screened it during my 12th birthday party... Laugh now, but I bet there is someone out there who got hooked on Rachmaninoff at a 12 year old’s birthday party 😂.
. #Repost @steinwayandsons with @get_repost
“Dear Mr. Steinway,
I am very happy to have the opportunity of using your pianos for my concerts because I consider them to be perfect in every way.