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These two amazingly talented women run up and down the keys on the giant floor-piano at FAO Schwarz, belting out an astounding rendition of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Bach never sounded so good.




Bach never sounded so good.

for shame

Bach always sounds good whatever the venue.


The dancing keyboard thing is a nice trick but it's all smoke and mirrors. Those ladies, though good movers, are not activating the notes we hear. The recording and movements do not line up.

A similar phenomenon took place on Jay Leno a while back: Just a gag, not the real thing.

Of course you must realize they aren't playing anything. It's so obviously pre-recorded, and not at all connected to their foot work, I'm astounded that a site like yours specifically would tout this as talent and not the fluff, BS and commercialism that it is.

I didn't tout it as anything. I quoted the description given on YouTube. As to fluff and commercialism, anything that promotes classical music, is in my opinion a good thing.

Getting a group of children to be excited over Bach is pretty great!

Actually playing it or not, there's something seeing this in the large visual as the notes sound that's attractive, and the audience does get into it. I know it's New York and larger cities have more numbers in terms of arts supporters, but if doing this weren't intriguing, New Yorkers would ignore.

I can say that I've played an over-sized keyboard at the science museum in Greensboro some years back. Plus there was a theremin and some other cool musical objects in the room that both kids and adults (myself included) couldn't resist. Engagement is the main key for me.

Really? I thought they were playing it. I think there is a delay on one part - either the video or the nature of the electronic piano but there were enough mistakes made and hitting between keys that it would be a kind of sloppy recording....

Trust me, they're not playing anything. If it makes you feel better to think they are, have at it.

You very well could be right but, like I said, there are enough errors and double notes hit that it would be surprising if it was a recording, also the notes they are playing look right except audio gets out of sync towards the end which I've seen happen on youtube videos obviously have some other info so I'm happy to trust you that it's a fake. I've been fooled before.

I was going to say, some of the kids I've seen play Dance, Dance Revolution would probably be amazing on this.

My kid's a piano student at LaGuardia HS, which is at Lincoln Center, right across town from FAO (the famous high-end toy store is on the East side, near the Plaza Hotel and the popular glass cube Apple store). She's gone in there to "play" the thing, and has managed to pick out a few notes of a simple piece (she tried Grieg's "Wedding at Troldhaugen"). She says it works, but typically little kids are running all over the thing so you can't really hear what you're doing. She also reports that chords come out sounding totally muddy and off key because the thing's never tuned properly, though simple scales come out tolerably. But she tends to be a bit fussy about her pianos.

I've seen video of your daughter playing. She was great!

it looks real enough. Sure there is a problem with the sync of video and audio but there were enough mistakes in there for it to be plausible.

The feet seems to be pressing the right (& at times wrong) keys for the music being played. Why is it such a ridiculous notion that it is real?

why would they fake this? It isn't the moon landing, FFS.

I wonder what Bach would have said...

Uh.. I've watched this and other YouTube vids of the piano and there are lots of mistakes the players make, and those missteps match misplayed/doubled notes. To 'fake' those mistakes seems odd to me.

The thing sure seems 100% real to me and I agree with Norm that anything that gets kids into it is cool with me.

Bring back Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry and other cartoons. I always enjoyed the cartoons set to classical music and operas.

Oh - Kill the Wabbit is the best...

At first glance the delay throws one off and thinks that's why people say it's fake, but it's not that.

The octaves are the same! You can tell in the very first few notes.

Now I don't think it's fake. The "organ's" "notes" are playing at least 2 octaves and that threw me off. I wonder if the other ones who think it's fake have other reasons.

I also agree that probably to fake this is harder than doing it in the first place. Reminds me of those slow-motion videos of bullets piercing through/destroying fruit and other stuff, people immediately tend to call fake, but it's harder to do a convincing 3D rendering than actually doing it.

Still... Look at what we have to do to make people like Bach: Jump like an idiot on a giant piano! Am I the only one thinking they look stupid? And people screaming like it was a football game...

One step at a time, no? (not sure if pun is intended)

Some of the observers probably already liked Bach, and Jo'Bastian wasn't a stick in the mud. Any guy who called someone a nanny-goat bassoonist (that's the kinder translation) and sired a gajillion kids had something going on besides "solo deo gloria."

I second Akira on the the toons. Everyone reacts to music differently.

I'm really surprised that people think it is fake. For one, it totally isn't perfect. It is a fun thing and doing this really isn't that hard. The people playing look like they work at the place - they probably learn these routines to amuse the customers (and themselves.) I've worked at restaurants where we do stupid human singing tricks and other such nonsense to keep ourselves amused. People though we were talented, but really we just used our down time creatively.

Also, don't forget we've seen how this all can begin... Doesn't everybody remember Big?

Obviously all of you who are claiming it's fake aren't classical musicians. There are a number of wrong notes, glitches and wrong timing. Any prearranged track would have been a heck of a lot better. The audio is slightly off sync, and it is consistently so. I've actually tried this same this at a science museum, it's cool, but it isn't any harder than tap dancing - which is to say, it's still very hard.

the issues y'all are discussing here are interesting, and you should all be commended for not being patsys. but i'm surprised no one else seemed to notice that the taller of the two dancing beings (the one closest to the camera for the most part) seems to be a male, not a girl at all. i'm basing this only on the moves, as the video isn't clear enough (for me anyway) to tell otherwise. but if that isn't a male with a bit of ballet training, i'd be surprised. anyone?

She looks like a female to me.

haha... this is funny.

yes, of course they are playing the notes. you can tell because they are playing in octaves at first and one of them is making tons of mistakes, haha! but, this isn't that impressive... anyone could learn to do this routine. playing the piece solo on a real piano is more of a challenge... this is just entertainment. and it's not mozart, it's liszt's hungarian rhapsody no 2


"liszt's hungarian rhapsody no 2"

FAObulous, but I prefer Iturbi, even to the cult figure G. Gould. The aria of Goldberg is country music, by the way, too too simple harmonically. Jose Iturbi, the most underestimated pianeer of all. And Landowska.

liszten too hungarian rhapsody no 11


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