It’s a piano that thinks, deep down, it’s an organ. I’ve never seen one in action, but that may change quite soon.
Roberto Prosseda, an Italian pianist, has acquired a pedal construction that can be attached to any grand piano and he’s off on a mission to demonstrate it in the world’s concert halls. Here’s how it works:
In addition to traditional repertoire, Roberto has several composers writing new pieces for his contraption. They include Cristian Carrara (Maghificat for pedalpiano and orchestra), Giuseppe Lupis (Variazioni di bravura for solo pedalboard), Ennio Morricone (Studio per piano-pédalier), Andrea Morricone (Hommage à JSB), Nimrod Borenstein (Fireworks), Michael Glenn WIlliams (Tip-Tap). Michael Nyman is also preparing a pedalpiano Concerto.
What excites me most, however, are his forthcoming revivals of forgotten Alkan pieces for pedal piano. Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan is a private passion of mine. Here are a few of his dates for the comig year: