For musicians in love with the piano, deciding which model will best meet their needs can sometimes be a little trickier than they might realize. There are several facts that need to be taken into consideration. A good place to start is how much room do you have available for the piano. There is nothing worse than finally setting your mind on what to get just to realize it is too big.
The piano, created by Bartolomeo Christofori in 1709, has impacted our society by becoming a popular instrument and a popular medium for musicians to create musical masterpieces. Also called the pianoforte, the piano is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments that can range in sound from as low as a gust of wind, to as high as the shrill sound of a bird. It has evolved over time and become an amazing instrument. The piano was accepted very well in history and it has generated many changes in the music industry. The piano was also used a lot in society and has had many applications grow from it. Without it, many classical masterpieces as well as modern songs wouldn’t have been possible.
Wladyslaw Szpilman was a pianist for a radio station during the beginning of the Second World War in the Fall of 1939. Living in Warsaw at the time, it only took a few weeks until the German forces took full control over the city. Szpilman and his family decide to stay in Warsaw after hearing that the Allied forces (Great Britain) were joining the war against Germany. From that point on the conditions for Jews exponentially deteriorate, suffering caused by both the German forces and the Polish people. Under the Nazi regime, the Jewish people are exposed to many injustices. Polish businesses that once welcomed all, now strictly disallowed the Jewish people. As well as instances of German forces bullying the jewish community, Szpilman’s father was struck in the face by and German officer and told that he was forbidden to walk on the sidewalk. The Nazi control over Warsaw was the start to the horrors of the holocaust, caused by both the assault of the German forces and the acts of the Polish people under the Nazi
The movie is mainly about a group of men going into war in order to fight for their motherland, “Germany”. The setting mainly takes place between the warfront and the camp where Paul Baumer, one of the main characters, stays.
“The Pianist” by Wladyslaw Spilman is a extraordianry story about a man’s survival in the holocaust in Warsaw, Poland. The book explains how Szpilman survives the holocaust in Poland by hiding, escaping, and with luck. Szpilman is important to society because he explains the following topics in his perspective for them not to happen again, religious discrimination, human rights, and punishment in crimes involving genocide. Many of the issues raised by the holocaust continue to have an impact on the world today.
In Player Piano, everything is controlled by machines and computers and depends on productivity. The managers and engineers only create new programs for more productive production. Even the rates of production and consumption are calculated by a computer (EPICAC), which is seated in the large Carlsbad cavern system. The EPICAC computer even determines the people's careers and in this way their whole lives. It gives intelligence tests to everyone, and on the basis of their results it sorts people into two categories - suitable for university entering exams and suitable for 'work'. The university studies allow their graduates to become managers, engineers, writers or public relation workers. You may become a writer only if
The Pianist is a movie that shows the life of one man, Wladyslaw Szpilman who was a popular Jewish Pole radio station pianist. In the World War II which is a background of the movie, How Szpilman suffered and how he survived are presented in the movie. While the movie portrays Szpilman’s life, it also shows how the Jewish people are dehumanized by Nazi during the war. The director, Roman Polanski, successfully uses camera angle, lighting and plot structure, and characterization to present the theme of dehumanization.
He is unable to play because he will give himself away so we instead watch his fingers move across the air above the piano’s keys as whilst the sound plays in his head and too the viewer. Throughout the film we also see Szpilman pretending to play the piano as he taps his finger across his legs. It is moments such as these that help to maintain Szpilman’s willingness to survive by keeping silent, but also how piano gives fills him with the hope that is instrumental in his survival. In other scenes such as when a German officer asks Szpilman to play piano for him, and allows him to live because of his immense talent we begin to realise that Szpilman’s hope – music, does not only help him to survive mentally, but also physically as he can share the gift that he has to others. It is also important to note that Polanski only music by the Polish composer, Chopin is used throughout ‘The Pianist’. His sad and evocative music brings upon a sad mood, yet one with a hint of hope and with this, the director can more vividly express his ideas a way that dialogue or action cannot.
After several months in the ghetto, Szpilman and his family are chosen to be taken to the Treblinka death camp, however, Szpilman is saved from boarding the train by Itzak Heller, a Jewish police officer, while his family board the train never to be seen again. Szpilman is then put to work under gruelling, abusive conditions with the ten per cent or so of the Jews that the Nazi’s kept alive to use for slave labour; tearing down the walls that use to separate the ghetto from the rest of Warsaw and rebuilding the houses for new, non-Jewish residents. The Jews who are still alive are planning on rebelling Szpilman helps; smuggling guns into the ghetto. But after almost being caught by a Nazi soldier who suspects he is concealing something in a bag of beans, Szpilman decides to attempt an escape and take his chances hiding in the city. His friend, Dorota, and her husband hide him in an empty apartment near the ghetto wall where he can get by on smuggled food; however he must not make a noise or go outside as there are other, non-Jews living in the building to all believe the room to be empty. From his apartment window he helplessly watches the Jewish ghetto uprising from the 19th of April 1943 to its unsuccessful end on the 16th May. He lives silently in the abandoned apartment for another few months until he accidently smashes a shelf of china plates. Although Szpilman
Theresienstadt became a ghetto where most of the well-known Jews of Europe would reside happily for the remainder of the war. Theresiensadt, now a beautiful town filled with the most prosperous Jews of Europe became the set for a well-planned propaganda film that the Naziâ€™s used to deny the final solution. The ghetto had become a scene for a sick play for the worlds viewing.
The first section of the film highlights how Jews lived a very religious life around the early to mid 1910s, before the start of World War I. There were very few Jews in the villages of Poland and the Jewish children did not often play with other children around them. An interviewee remarks on this as being quite a lonely life, but her religion made her content nonetheless. She even states that there was a Jewish star on the roof of her childhood home because her family was very proud to be Jewish. It is also explained that wooden synagogues would be prided upon since they would take a great deal of money and skill to complete (Waletzky).
The amount of orphans increased in the ghetto as well because people were dying rapidly. The children begged for food and lived on the streets by themselves, with no protection or aid. Most of them died from hunger or froze during the winter. Some individuals chose to end their lives because they could no longer endure the pain from living in the Warsaw ghetto. The conditions did not only affect the capital’s residence for the Jews, it affected every single ghetto. Adam Lewent, a Jew who suffered the nightmare, described his experience as, “ “The hunger in the ghetto was so great, was so bad, that people were laying on the streets and dying, little children went around begging, and, uh, everyday you walked out in the morning, you see somebody is laying dead, covered with newspapers or with any kind of blanket they found… and every day thousands and thousands died just from malnutrition because the Germans didn't give anything for the people in the ghetto to eat. There was no such thing. You can't walk in and buy anything, or getting any rations. It's your hard luck. If you don't have it, you die, and that's what it was.” In the Pianist, they succeeded in illustrating the gruesome conditions that the Jews suffered
Frederic Chopin was a Polish pianist and composer who integrated both the Romantic tradition and technical characteristics of the piano in an innovative and expressive way. (Oxford Music) “Chopin was the Romantic composer most closely identified with the piano” (Textbook) He combined beautiful melodies, inventive chords and harmonies, and virtuosic technique in a natural and eloquent way to create a tremendous collection of piano works throughout his lifetime. (Oxford Music) Of his many prominent works, Chopin’s collection of etudes has been one of the most revolutionary. This paper will delve into the historical and musical aspects of Chopin’s Etudes Op. 10.
This film was drawn to show footage shot by the British Army in Nazi concentration camps in 1945. They found unspeakable horrors which are still with people all over the world today. The term concentration camp refers to the camps that people were treated in harsh conditions. They were people imprisoned for being born into a family of Jews. People were forced to work and abused. If the people different work, then they were forced to die. The first concentration camps in Germany were established by Hitler in January 1933. Hitler thought at the beginning the camps were for those who opposed the Nazi policy. These “prisons” were then built in Germany, Poland, and other parts of Europe. By 1941, they began to use the camps to kill those who were not ideal blond hair, blue eyed Christians. He began with the Jew descents. He would target the disabled people, Roma or Gypsies, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and others were also considered worthless races, although Jews were by far the most targeted. Europe had over 9 million people considered themselves Jews. In the end, less than 3 million survived. Many of those who survived moved to the United States or other
As the ivory keys moved up and down I listened to the sweet sound of my grandma's piano playing. I knew that I wanted to be a piano player and that If I were to do that, then my grandma would have to teach me so that one day I could play just like her. I started playing piano when I was seven and I have been playing ever since. My grandma has taught me for five years and will continue to teach me. Piano is very big and important in my family. My cousins play and my grandma also teaches them and we all have to practice for her and other activities. Piano playing has shaped me into the person I am today because having a good attitude,practice, and hard work has helped me by teaching lessons that will help me know what I want to be when I grow up.