pianist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pianist a person who plays the piano
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dooley Wilson appeared as Sam in the movie Casablanca. Dooley was a drummer - not a pianist in real life. The man who really played the piano in Casablanca was a Warner Brothers staff musician who was at a piano off camera during the filming.
    • n Pianist A performer, esp. a skilled performer, on the piano.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At the tender age of 7, the multi-award-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch ("The Way We Were," "The Sting") was one of the youngest students ever admitted to the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
    • n pianist A performer on the pianoforte.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ignce Paderewski, one of the greatest concert pianists of all time, was also premier of Poland.
    • n Pianist one who plays on the pianoforte, or one well skilled in it
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Quotations

  • Max Hastings
    Max Hastings
    “If you can't get a job as a pianist in a brothel you become a royal reporter.”
  • Artur Schnabel
    Artur Schnabel
    “The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes --ah, that is where the art resides.”
  • Michael Levine
    Michael Levine
    “Having children makes one no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pianiste, It. pianista,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It., piano, soft—L. planus, plane, forte, strong—L. fortis, strong.

Usage

In literature:

He is only a boy, barely twenty; but he is one of the most satisfactory pianists I have ever heard.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
It was preceded by a half-hour musical program by Edwin M. Shonert, pianist, and Earl J. Pfonts, violinist.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Phillida would not sing to him, but she had the makings of a pianist.
"" by E.W. Hornung
At least, I don't mean the pianiste: I mean the young lady who played the violin last night.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
A celebrated pianist tells me that, in a city where he was giving concerts, he became acquainted with a charming young girl.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
They are thoroughly pianistic and evoke from the instrument all its possibilities of sonority and color.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
The hired pianist had come, he was unrolling his sheets of dance-music and rolling them the contrary way.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
It happened on a rainy Sunday in Sunday school, and the regular pianist was late.
"Exit Betty" by Grace Livingston Hill
He learned it as a child when he contemplated becoming a pianist, and still plays it charmingly.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
She went close to the piano, and spoke to the pianist.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
Collection Salting, London, The Pianist.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
But a piano is best, and the pianist ought now and then to pretend to stop, because this makes it more exciting for the players.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
In that year he first appeared in London, where his success both as composer and pianist was rapid and brilliant.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
After a time the mood of the pianist changed.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
Bonavita was truly a Spanish pianist of some repute who was flattered to be invited to Eugene's home.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Montgerou has since taken first rank as a pianist, and distinguished herself as a composer.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
A pianist would have made his orchestra complete.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
She was almost as good a pianist as a painter, and the common criticism of her was on this score.
"The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop" by Hamlin Garland
He was a splendid violinist, and I was a little of a pianist.
"John Bull, Junior" by Max O'Rell
Don't you remember how years ago I said she would be a great pianist?
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
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In poetry:

I like black statements.
The featurelessness of that cloud, now!
White as an eye all over!
The eye of the blind pianist
"Little Fugue" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

From the Wilco pianist and his longtime collaborator's forthcoming 'Bunny Hate Wolf,' due in early 2013.
A Norwegian concert pianist hits the world stage.
Pianist Christian Zacharias-- Flutist Joshua Smith--A Look at Handel's MESSIAH.
Jim Cotter speaks with the renowned German pianist Christian Zacharias.
A daylong festival of fortepiano music by Mozart, featuring 10 pianists, will take place tomorrow at Alice Tully Hall.
Pianist Shai Wosner kicks off Freehold 's Downtown Concert Series.
Marco Borggreve Pianist Shai Wosner performs tomorrow night in the season opener of the Downtown Concert Series at historic St Peter's Church in Freehold .
Pianist Glazier 's Love for Gershwin is Here to Stay.
Sept 11, 2012 2 p.m. Barbara Karger was the pianist.
Pianist Stephen Hough has both tremendous power and a delicate touch.
A week later, when the first of 15 pianists arrived to play it, its sound was more even, more focused.
Cellist and pianist prove strong as ' Rach '.
Pianist fine-tunes a difficult Rachmaninoff .
Philharmonic opens 41st season with guest pianist Adam Neiman playing Rachmaninoff .
Daring pianist Christopher O'Riley jumps from Radiohead to Rachmaninoff .
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In science:

Piano has existed for more than 600 years, from the harpsichord to the modern prototype built by the Italian Cristofori in the year of 1709, the instrument has been improved a lot in both mechanical structure and acoustical properties, with the efforts of manufacturers, pianists and piano technicians.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
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