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First Piano On The Moon (Will Pickvance)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2019

Will Pickvance can’t really play piano, he says. Just tricks. Admittedly those ‘tricks’ involve playing ‘The Entertainer’ upside-down and similar, but still – we’ll take his word for it. So imagine the awks when he is picked to play at Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday concert in Salzburg. He goes, of course, and once there in Mozart’s Geburtshaus, he realises he’d better learn a tune or two. Mozart himself manifests to the young maestro and, to avoid security, they pop to the moon to work things out because of course they do. Musically, this is tremendous – Mozart, Chopin and Scott Joplin fused and merrily goofed around with. It’s a grand shaggy-piano story too, nicely told. Oh, and there’s cake. 

Summerhall, until 18 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]