Richard Church et al. in At home in Battersea - 1900
from Over the bridge : an essay in autobiography, pages 107–108:
Then one day a gaunt young man with long hair and a nervous cough came to tune the piano...
Jack and I were vastly interested. We stood side by side watching him that Saturday morning…
During a pause, after the tuning was done, [Jack] produced the Beethoven sonata, and asked the tuner to give him an inkling how it should be attacked.
The result was like that of opening a weir. The thin, bow-backed figure of the piano-tuner shook with latent energy. He tossed his hair back, cracked his bony knuckles, and began to play the … more >>
Richard Church, Over the bridge : an essay in autobiography (London, 1956), p. 107–108. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1443127633751 accessed: 8 August, 2022
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Piano Sonata Op. 31 No. 1
written by Beethoven
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors|
Richard Church, the author, was aged seven at the time; his brother Jack was twelve. Jack had previously found the music of the Beethoven Sonata and tried, unsuccessfully, to play it himself.