Dimitri Shostakovich is one of the most interesting composers of the 20th century, without a shadow of a doubt. Perhaps most famous for his Symphony Number 5, and jazz suites, this legendary composer was notable for using a signatory motif in a number of his compositions. Shostakovich’s name, as ‘D-S-C-H’ translates musically to ‘D-Eb-C-B’.
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Although there will always be a place for analogue pianos in the world, it is gradually becoming less and less popular. With the rise of the digital piano, why would you necessarily want to pay a hefty sum for an analogue piano which then needs maintenance and tuning over the years, when you can pay a small one-off fee for something that is both portable and reliable? Analogue pianos should generally be tuned at least once a year and this tends to set you back approximately £50 a pop. Newer pianos need tuning up to four times a year, and with the cost of the new piano itself, the whole package is likely to cost at least several thousand pounds in the first few years (although obviously this is largely dependent on the caliber of
the piano you choose).
Following the immense popularity of the ‘Play me I’m Yours’ street piano movement and the installation of three public pianos in St Pancras International Train Station in London back in 2009, piano lessons have this month been offered at the station on a first come first serve basis.
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Chase 10th Anniversary – 1986
Chase music has been up and running now for nearly 40 years and the deals on offer are better than ever! As part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations back in 1986 Chase had unbeatable offers on organs, synthesizers, and digital pianos which were all world-famous. A page spread in the popular Melody Maker newspaper outlined just some of the incredible deals on offer at the time, including a Chase baby grand piano for £499, and a Chase DP30 for £299! Along with the purchase of any of the instruments on offer in this particular advert, a free stay in a hotel was also on offer!!
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In a recent interview with Sir Tom, the Welsh singing sensation spoke briefly about Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, and his digital piano. It is great to know that this music legend relied on such an excellent piece of kit which is still just as popular today. The popularity of the instrument among the stars goes a long way to show how convenient they are, mainly due to the portability of the instruments and ease with which they can be set up.
Elvis and Sir Tom
It is no secret that Sir Tom and Elvis were pals – as Sir Tom like to tell everyone he meets – however it wasn’t previously common knowledge that the pair used to go back to The King’s room and sing aro
und his electric piano until the early hours;
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Although Chase Music now specialises in digital pianos and portable keyboards – in the 1980s things were a little different and the speciality was more focussed on and around synthesizers and organs, which were all the rage at the time. As well as selling top brand electric organs such as the Crumar 915, Crumar 920, and the Crumar 2003, Chase sold a range of top end own brand electric organs of outstanding quality and at amazingly competitive prices.
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Following on from yesterday’s extraterrestrial theme, today it has been revealed that a rare and somewhat space age Poul Henningsen piano is going up for auction next month. The piano is very similar in appearance to the popular and iconic Blüthner PH model which actually uses the original design by the renowned Danish designer, Henningsen. The main difference is the bright purple Perspex lid which has been added to the instrument at a later date. Although an acoustic grand, one would be forgiven for thinking this was an electronic piano due to the undeniably futuristic feel to it.
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Through a series of truly incredible scientific processes, earlier this month a duet between a piano and a star (yes, a star) was recorded and released. The star is from the constellation Camelopardalis and measurements have been taken over a number of years to show that the star’s surface actually vibrates and rings like a bell and gives off multiple frequencies.
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From Synthesizer to Digital Piano
Back in the 80s Chase Music was known for its synthesizers which were internationally award winning. Having founded the London Synthesizer School, synthesizers made by Chase Music were some of the top synthesizers in the world. Today, Chase is still up and running, but the speciality is now digital pianos and portable keyboards. Chase electric pianos are some of the top in their field and boast a whole range of features, some of which are reminiscent of those of a synthesizer, for example the Chase P-40. This brilliant advert is for the Chase Bit 99 synthesizer from 1985; Continue reading “80s Master Synthesizer”
Roli brings exciting new features to dgital pianos
Over the past few years a new innovation in digital pianos has been developed. A range of electronic keyboards produced by ROLI have started to appear on the market. Currently, they are rather pricey, so not easily accessible to the average Joe, however, the features they boast are evidence that the digital piano is an instrument to be watched and their popularity is unlikely to wane. With developments such as this, there are endless possibilities as to where the future electric piano market is going to go. An electric keyboard is clearly the instrument of choice to have in order to complete any home.
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