Piano, n. A parlour utensil for subduing the impenitent visitor. It is
operated by depressing the keys of the machine and the
spirits of the audience. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce The Cynic's Word Book. Retitled The Devil's
Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin
to Bleed a Bit. Charles Bukowski Title of book.
The piano is a percussion instrument, like a drum.You don't struma
piano.Youdon't bowa piano.You bang and strike a piano.You
beat the shit out of a piano. Billy Joel Rolling Stone,15 Apr.
Ingeneral, therefore, color isa means ofexerting a
eyeis the hammer. The soul
is the piano, with its many strings. Wassily Kandinsky Quoted in K C
Lindsay and P Vergo (eds and trans) Kandinsky: Complete Writings
on Art (1982).
Dire au peintre qu'il faut prendre la nature comme elle est, vaut de dire
au virtuose qu'il peut s'asseoir sur le piano. Telling a painter
that he must take nature as it is is like telling a virtuoso
that he can sit on the piano. Ste phane Mallarme Le 'ten o'clock'de M. Whistler.
colossal bore I feel I could write something like it tomorrow, if my cat
inspired me by walking over the piano. See Gounod 365:26. Prosper Me rime e Of Wagner's opera Tannha« user, after the
disastrous premi e' re of its
revised version at the Paris Ope ra,13 Mar. Quoted in Joanna
Richardson La Vie Parisienne (1971), p.262.
What are we learning Frenchor thepianofor,Iwould like to know, if it is not
to be sold to a man some day We have to cringe, and
manoeuvre, and grimace for a husbanda husband
who may be deaf orhavea hump if he is richa
husband that may attack you in delirium tremens to-day if
he makes a devout act of contrition for it to-morrow. William O'Brien When We Were Boys.
To say to the painter, that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the
player, that he may sit on the piano. James (Abbott) McNeill Whistler The GentleArt of Making Enemies.
Over the piano was printed a notice: 'Please do not shoot the pianist.
He is doing his best.' Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde Impressions of America: Leadville.