This is yet another short summary of movies that are about talented piano players or the digital piano itself.
The Seventh Veil’ Film Plot(1945)
This is a fictional film about a talented digital piano player Francesca Cunningham. The title of the film refers to the number of veils that were removed as she recounts her life through ill-fated episodes. The seventh number may have an analogy with the seven layer of human skin and be a reference to Francesca’s deepest and most traumatic experiences.
Francesca’s family network is scant so her cousin and guardian Nicholas looks after her well fair. He is a crippled musician but nonetheless teaches his cousin to aspire to the heights on the digital piano.
Nicholas warns Francesca away from any romantic inclinations and to focus solely on her career. Despite his warnings she has two love affairs both which meet her cousin’s disapproval. Nicholas reminds Francesca who it was who made her who she is today. As he condones her behaviour he lashes her hands with a cane while she sits at her piano stool.
The Uncovering of the ‘Seventh Layer’
Francesca sits in a psychiatric clinic reflecting back on her life relaying events to her doctor. The ‘seventh veil’ tells of a car crash that leaves her with badly burnt hands. Francesca reveals her anguish that she will not ever play the digital piano again.
The film concludes with Francesca’s rather bizarre twist that it is her cousin Nicholas that she truly loves. After all he put her through…
Throughout the film electric piano excerpts from Classical and Romantic composers alike can be heard. Poignantly Beethoven’s slow (II) movement of his ‘Pathetique Sonata’ for digital piano shows its significance as Francesca is emotionally drawn to the one who tried to isolate her from the rest of the world.
The famous second movement is played ‘Adagio Cantabile’ – slowly and in a singing style. The opening motif is heard three times mid-register as the lilting quaver-movement gives this piece its fluidity. The octave rendition soon awakens the listener least he should have fallen to sleep during the introduction.
It is interesting to note present day popularity for composition originally written in 1799. Here the main motif of the Adagio’ movement has been adapted as the chorus of ‘This Night’ by Billy Joel. Footage shows Billy’s live performance in 1983 ‘’Piano Man To Innocent Man’’ as he sits at his digital piano with a complimentary band and vocals. The piece takes on a ‘50s ‘Du-Wop’ feel that gently modulates bang on the chorus – nice touch Billy – Beethoven would surely approve.
The sax takes the tutti middle eight and the piece finishes with a cappella close harmonies recalling ‘’This Night Should Last Forever’’. The final bars give this song an eerie reminiscence of ‘Back to Beethoven’.
Good old Ludwig – he’d be rockin’ in his grave!