Over the last few weeks I have been at a number of weddings. One of the questions I have been asking myself is should all hotels have a piano in them?
There is no doubt that all hotels should indeed have a piano installed in them. The piano is an incredibly versatile instrument and can add a great sense of fun to any gathering; the most obvious gathering being weddings. I have lost track of the number of weddings I have attended that involved the great highlight of the singsong in the pub or dance hall after the wedding, when it was performed with the accompaniment of the hotel’s trusty piano.
Weddings are always events of immense joy and the singsong element of the night is always an essential aspect of this joy. All the people attending the wedding usually join in as part of a very enjoyable and often extremely amusing singsong.
Apart from weddings, informal sing songs are very engrossing Irish traditions. Pubs and hotels that possess a piano can become places of great enjoyment and fun when the denizens of the pub or hotel join each other for songs, usually of the Irish Traditional ballad variety, generally on the weekend. Without a piano in the premises such gatherings would be immeasurably less enjoyable and such singing would be a less than comfortable experience. In this way, a further example of the piano’s versatility is that it can be used for either a funeral or a happy occasion like a wedding.
Music is an international language and people can join in with the piano in a hotel or pub even if they are from different countries and speak different languages. Pop and rock music from pretty much any period is a great means of joining people from different counties and nationalities together in a session of singing accompanied by a piano player. As part of this, bands and groups can perform and join in with it easily and make a great evening of music making.
A piano, as a very versatile instrument can play in basically any style of music. From Irish Traditional Music, to the laid back jazz of Dave Brubeck, to the rock and pop piano of Elton John, the piano will be able to play along with virtually any genre of music without any physical manipulation of the playing device and no extra cost.
The piano is unlike some other instruments in that it can be performed quietly or loudly in any setting. It can be used to play quietly in the background at a quiet dinner or stridently at a sing song or when people are singing opera or rock songs with it. The piano doesn’t have to blare like an electric guitar or an accordion!
Some subtle, quiet and gentle live piano music can make a pleasant accompaniment to an elegant soiree in the hotel’s restaurant or bar. Such music can really add to the tranquil atmosphere of a relaxing evening and will make the guests and diners unwind in a luxurious nightfall or even for some afternoon cocktails. Indeed, the piano was once known in it’s infancy as the “fortepiano”, when it was invented in circa 1710 by Bartolommeo Cristofori. Fortepiano, is the Italian for “loud and quiet”, and was called that because it was so unusual for a keyboard instrument of that era to be able to play at differing volumes.
Very attractive to look at, the piano is generally a very beautiful piece of artful creation with attractive colours of wood, the dark glow of the ebony keys and the light hues of the ivory keys. The presence of a well maintained and cared for piano in a hotel, whether it is in the lobby, the pub, the restaurant or the dance hall, is always a fascinatingly complex creation and will gild the premises with a stately appearance. The only real choice the hotelier has is to choose between the magnificence of a grand or baby grand piano and the equally useful but perhaps usually less attractive upright model.
The piano does not usually take up much space wherever it is situated in a hotel or bar but it is obvious that being as attractive, versatile and useful as the instrument is its benefits far outweigh the construction’s size.
From a financial point of view, it is also far cheaper to pay a solo pianist than to pay for a group of musicians, even if such a group is low in numbers. Many pianists are also very accomplished vocalists and can really dazzle the guests in a pub or hotel setting.
So, in conclusion, I must say that there are many, many very good reasons to have a piano in all hotels!
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