London snapshots: St Pancras station

By mrswoolybill
He played Chopin and Liszt, wonderfully, while the anonymous tide of humanity rushed past him. A little oasis of calm beauty.
This was Liszt's La Campanella...
And then he stood up and disappeared into the crowd.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

EDIT I have added a link above to the Lang Lang video, not because I particularly care for his style but because the camera concentrates on his hands. You might even recognise the bit that I photographed, I timed this carefully for the crossover technique which appears several times in the piece...

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saltireblue Plus
11 12.0k 75 Norway
16 Apr 2020 8:08AM

Quote:...the anonymous tide of humanity rushed past him.

I like this, so very descriptive, and we can immediately envisage the scene in our mind.
kaybee Plus
17 7.8k 26 Scotland
16 Apr 2020 8:11AM
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 8:16AM
Thanks Roy. I'm adding a link to Lang Lang's recording above.
16 Apr 2020 8:27AM
thanks for the link
and it is always gratifying to play for an audience



bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
16 Apr 2020 8:34AM
excellent work
16 Apr 2020 8:37AM
Leo's link... If that piano's pre-1950, there's a certain irony there. Or even a certain ivory...
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 8:41AM
Excellent, Moira.
16 Apr 2020 8:42AM
Very good Moira. I had a bit listen, but it, like too much classical music made me feel weepy. Unresolved family stuff?! or maybe it's just painfully beautiful?
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 9:05AM
Thanks folks. Incidentally I linked to the Lang Lang video not because I particularly care for his style but because the camera concentrates on his hands. You might even recognise the bit that I photographed, I timed this carefully for the crossover technique which appears several times in the piece...
Thanks for the UA Ken. And Alan, tinkling the ivories has a whole new meaning...
16 Apr 2020 9:27AM
Yes, I thought that's what he was playing by the positioning of his fingers. Wink

The tonal qualities of a Rogers piano, make it very good for outside performances.
This is a lovely capture of this young pianist, Moira.

I have a feeling that when all this is over, our hero's of the day will simply disappear into the crowd as he did.

JohnSmile
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 9:28AM
A wonderful image full of energy Moira
16 Apr 2020 9:28AM
Beautifully descriptive, Moira. I saw similar in a Fransiscan monastery years ago watching a very dishevelled wayfarer playing perfect Chopin nocturnes, then heading off on his travels the same day, poignant and beautiful as is your photo here and your description 💕
Dave.
16 Apr 2020 10:01AM
Enchanting image, I can almost hear the music looking at his hands on the
keyboard.

Lory Smile
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 10:03AM
Wonderful to be able to do that and then disappear.

Phil.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 10:12AM
Thanks everyone, and thanks AlfieP for the UA.
Vambomarbleye 4 153 14 Scotland
16 Apr 2020 11:20AM
It's that crossover of the hands that makes this for me. I'm more of an old blues guy myself, electric guitar (which I play badlyBlush), but I'm always totally impressed by anyone displaying this level of ability.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
16 Apr 2020 11:24AM
Had something like this in Leeds a few months ago, pianos scattered around the centre of Leeds for anyone to get on and play. A fine shot here Moira, well-timed for the crossover of hands 👍
Trev 😀
SUE118 Plus
13 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 11:38AM
Beautifully captured, I hope he enjoyed playing.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 11:40AM
Thanks Sue! That's a nice surprise.
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
16 Apr 2020 12:04PM
One of the new fads, which I welcome. We have one at the Waverley Station, Edinburgh which creates a welcome oasis in the hurly-burly of people rushing for their trains. Not now of course, but hopefully somebody tinkling the ivories again soon.
Ian
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
16 Apr 2020 2:47PM
While my husband was in the hospital in February, there was a man in the main entrance who played the piano every day. His music was beautiful and brought tears to many patients and visitors eyes. Your image brought this back to me. With the passers by and seeing him so into his music. Excellent mono image Moira.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 3:23PM
So many look without seeing, and so many hear without listening. Nice one Moira.
Peter
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
16 Apr 2020 4:41PM
A young man who uses his time well---
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 4:55PM
Thanks again everyone, and thanks Peter for the UA.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 9:43PM
And thanks to Michal. Just been watching the Globe production of Hamlet, it's available online. Recommended...
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
16 Apr 2020 9:48PM
Very nice,
Oh to have his talent.

Glenn
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2020 11:27PM
Wonderful... GrinGrinGrin
17 Apr 2020 3:49AM
Ah ... poor young ladies another one that got away...love how he is sitting crooked at the piano...a sign he too was moved by the music.
Fabulous shot and story Moira..a bit of grace during the maelstrom we find ourselves in.
Best regards
Walt

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