Prelude to the Piano: A Poem

Updated on October 21, 2018
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Audrey's love for piano began at age six. She's is a professional pianist for cruises, hotels and community events. Teaching is her passion.

To Know the Piano is to Understand Music

"I am here for you", whispers the piano. I would listen and be forever connected to this astonishing instrument.
"I am here for you", whispers the piano. I would listen and be forever connected to this astonishing instrument. | Source

The Piano Opened the Gate to My Musical Journey and My Life

The piano has not only been a source of musical knowledge for me, but it has also taught me about life itself. My introduction to this amazing instrument began at the ripe old age of 6 and the piano and I became close friends. With my very first piano lesson, I would release my emotions even with the simplest of pieces.

As I sat for hours, at the piano, practicing scales, these musical ladders became not just notes to play but a pathway to nature or a beautiful distraction from the abusive mouth of my mother on a bad day.

The piano opened the gate to my musical journey that was to influence my life from that day on. Little did I know that I would one day become a professional pianist and support three children with the money I brought in from teaching piano and performing on cruise lines and an array of other venues.

I studied the classical works of such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, Mozart, Schubert and a host of other masters of the pianoforte. These artists became my heroes and personal friends as I read one biography after another.

I cried as I learned of their own abuse, struggles, and hurdles they overcame. These great composers taught me the meaning of perseverance and dedication. My character was formed between the pages of impossible musical passages to scale and perfect.

I kneel down with gratitude and humility to this amazing instrument and the possibilities still awaiting within it's heartstrings.

Prelude to the Piano

Embedded within the black and whites

Sweet music claims my soul

A ladder of melodious passages

Yet to be complete


Webbed by the touch of human weakness

Still sprinkled with determination

Masters compositions revealing bold genius

Waiting to rise once more


Voices declare both pain and joy

Where painted notes meet eager fingers

And life begins again

The storytellers form life's experience


"Touch me" cries the lonely piano

"Breath life into my empty shell

Give me wings that I might fly

Bless my strings with prayers of sound"


Floating sound waves embrace all mankind

Medieval scores not notes but neumes

Melodic figures rise and fall

Gregorian chant, the Latin's gift


A caravan of colors bring forth kinesthetic imagery

Emerging eyes of harmonies

Reveal musics deepest structures

Intertwined patterns transform the human heart


The piano plays no wrong notes

It's body made by forests

A golden harp of musical strings

Mirror my spirit, thoughts, and needs


Eighty-eight keys to fill the universe with breath of life

A million colors release cosmic voices between each key

The planets music, comets glow

Beloved by the multitudes


Releasing passion, immerse the soul

Rich, diverse and wonderful

Strengthens ability to listen deeply

The shaping of the invisible


Chopin Nocturnes, intimate compositions

Suffuse the soul with moonlight

Beethoven's ninth celebrates the brotherhood of man

Awe-inspiring transformation of darkness to light


Jewel-like piano pieces

Unique miniature characterization

Impressionistic style

Explosive, incendiary, compellingly rhythmic


Patterns of tension and release

The music leads the listener along a path

Motion, stillness, melodic highs and lows

Leading to musical expectations and fulfillment.

Playing Piano Gives Your Brain a Marvelous Workout

Author, performing for a benefit in Nashville, Tn.
Author, performing for a benefit in Nashville, Tn. | Source

Do You Own a Piano?

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Father of the Pianoforte, Bartolomeo Cristofori

Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano, made in the 1700's in Florence, Italy.
Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano, made in the 1700's in Florence, Italy. | Source

A Heart Warming Purpose About a Piano

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      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        3 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Genna

        How lovely that we share so much of the same musical history. I loved hearing about your experiences growing up with such so many musical influences. How wonderful!

        Thank you, my friend, for sharing and for your kind comments. May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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        Genna East 

        9 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Hi Audrey...

        What a beautiful hub an poem! :-) You and I share some of the same history with the piano. My mother was an accomplished violinist and musician, and I was also introduced to the piano at the ripe old age of 6. I grew up with string quartets in the living room as my Mum and her friends played frequently, together. Like you, my introduction to the classics is one that I will always cherish. The piano is dynamic, with such depth, conveying beautiful stories that traverse through the soul. We feel as well as know the notes at the same time. It's hard to explain, but your poetry does so, superbly. This poem is genius!

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        Dora Weithers 

        9 days ago from The Caribbean

        I admire your intimate attachment to the piano, the great composers and their music. You demonstrate all this in your introduction as well as in your excellent poetry. A masseuse once told me that spending time playing the piano could do for my relaxation as much as he could do. You're an inspiration.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        2 weeks ago from Germany

        I don't have a piano but I love listening to a music played by a piano. Very relaxing. You have a lovely poem Audrey.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Nell

        I'm so glad you liked my poem. I'm glad to hear that you still play the piano. It's great therapy. Thank you, my friend.

        Hi, dear Maria.

        Thank you for being here. I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on my poem. Music is the universal language. If we made more music and less war, what a wonderful world this would be. And speaking of wonderful, I love you too!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Linda

        Yes, the piano became my heart and soul and still is to this day. When I play, I'm somehow transformed. Thank you so much.

        Shauna

        How wonderful that you played the piano as a child. You are absolutely right about the piano needing no accompaniment.

        I met Dave Brubeck while living in Hawaii. He used my Steinway Grand piano to compose his Jazz Mass. We became friends. I treasure every experience I had with him. Such a beautiful, gentle and sweet man.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Tim

        You were fortunate to study piano with such a talented teacher. I love that she taught you to address the piano as "My Friend."

        I'm honored to receive comments like yours. You have an impressive background and knowledge when it comes to music. It would be fun to be able to sit down and chat with you. I know I would learn some valuable, inspiring lessons from you.

        Thank you, Tim.

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        Tim Truzy 

        2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        I reread your piece, Audrey. It's really fabulous to me. I like all you say and I couldn't help but think about my piano teacher, who I'm sure you probably would have liked a lot. She recorded with some famous jazz artists, but preferred to teach over the road.

        Likewise, having played with classical and jazz musicians in my life, I appreciate the love my teacher gave me for the "king of the instruments." I'm particularly glad she taught me to address the piano as my "friend," in the jazz tradition as opposed to looking at it in an analytical manner as the "instrument." My friend has done much for me over time.

        Again, thanks for sharing and the follow.

        Much respect and best wishes,

        Tim

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        Nell Rose 

        2 weeks ago from England

        I loved this! I played the piano from arounf 4 years old till about 11. I can still 'tickle the ivorys' sometimes, but not so good these days.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Shannon

        You made me smile as I read your cute comments. I sense that you really do have an appreciation and love for music.

        I wish you could have had private violin lessons. The right teacher for learning any instrument makes all the difference in the world!

        Thank you for being here.

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        Tim Truzy 

        2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Hi, Audrey,

        I've received classical training, too. But my heart found the power to "improvise, and didn't want any more to do with the classical approach. But I love classical because therein lies a great framework for any musician.

        You know, D. Brubeck? I'm tickled to death, Audrey.

        If you have read a few of my poems, I listened to the great odd meter jazz pieces such as "take Five," to help me find bouncy and uplifting phrases in my poetry.

        Really, really, fabulous!

        I look forward to reading more of your poetry, and my friend, I would be honored to follow someone who shares such a diverse love of music and demonstrates unparalleled brilliance in verse.

        Much respect and admiration,

        (I salute you for finding music to help heal, Audrey)

        Tim

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        3 weeks ago from Central Florida

        Wow, you know Dave Brubeck, Audrey?! Too cool!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        3 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Tim

        I share your love of Jazz music. My friend, Dave Brubeck, composed his Jazz Mass at my home while living in Hawaii. I was fortunate enough to see my son become a popular jazz artist as well. Without a solid classical background, this wouldn't have been possible.

        T. Monk is a genius, as is "The Count." Been to many of Monk's concerts.

        So nice to see you here and I look forward to reading your hubs. My best to you, Tim.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        3 weeks ago

        So it seems from your poll most people would welcome a piano in the home. I am rusty but I still enjoy playing simple melodies when I find a piano somewhere. Your poem touches on the passion of playing.

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        Maria Jordan 

        3 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

        "A Heartwarming Purpose about a Piano" was a touching and beautiful video, dear Audrey.

        Love your poetry and passion for the piano. Love you too, Maria

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        Audrey Hunt 

        3 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Venkatachari M

        Hello, my friend, and thanks for visiting my poetry. I'm elated reading your kind comments and so pleased that you enjoyed my poem and the heart-warming video, Enjoy life...all of it!

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        Tim Truzy 

        4 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Hello, Audrey,

        In this we have agreement: The piano is a magical instrument which heals while allowing creativity to flow. I enjoyed your poem, and although I found comfort in Monk, Hancock, and Bassie, I completely understand your story. I have great respect for the masters, such as Mozart, too.

        I have great respect for you to become a professional with the instrument. Likewise, teaching requires a special type of soul.

        Truthfully, I wish I could pick one line from your work that resonates the most, but that would be like choosing which note in a symphony sounds the best. The whole work is a splendid song which I'm glad you shared.

        Thank you very much for a gentle reminder of what the piano means to those of us who spent many, many hours with it.

        Much respect,

        Tim

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        4 weeks ago from Central Florida

        Audrey, I used to play when I was a child. The piano is such a beautiful instrument. I've always said it's the one instrument that needs no accompaniment in order to move the soul.

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        Ann Carr 

        4 weeks ago from SW England

        I would take you up on that, Audrey! My Mum was a lovely person. I'm proud that my 8 year-old grandson has taken up the baton and enjoys his piano lessons at school and music in general, especially rock!

        Ann

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hello Pamela

        Thanks so much for taking time to read my poem. Yes, we all have our own path and what a blessing it is, in spite of a few hurdles here and there.

        I've never expressed to you my gratitude for all your support through the years here on hub pages. You're a good person, Pamela and I'm blessed to know you and to be able to treat myself to your well-written hubs.

        Thanks, again.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Bill,

        Wow! I had no clue about this. Five years of organ lessons is quite an accomplishment and yes, it counts big time. I think the organ is more difficult than the piano. For one thing, with piano it only requires the coordination of left and right hands. But the organ requires coordinating the feet as well. And another thing: It's much easier to cover up hitting wrong notes with the piano than with the organ. :)

        My hats off to you!

        Love

        Audrey

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Chitrangada

        I feel good that you appreciated my personal story. I don't often include these types of excerpts but as I was writing I felt compelled to do so.

        Music touches us all, doesn't it? Too bad the world doesn't make music instead of war.

        Thank you, so much, for all your support. Sending you hugs, peace, and light.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Miebakagh

        How nice that your nephew plays the piano. You must enjoy this. I'm glad you liked my poem. Thank you for being here.

        FlourishAnyway

        I will forever be grateful to my mother for giving me my start with music. She was a woman with passion, both for music and for life. Although she could be harsh, I feel the abuse rendered upon me and my siblings could have been helped if meds were available in those days for her.

        Thank you, my friend, for being here and sharing your comments. You are one of my favorite people here on hub pages. I enjoy your articles so very much!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hello Ann

        As I read your comments my eyes filled with tears. I sense that you love your mother deeply. What a beautiful love this is. Oh, how I wish we lived close to each other. I would teach you how to play the piano with love and a whole lot of fun! You would flourish...absolutely.

        Well, maybe we will meet in heaven one day and how wonderful it would be to spend time together at the piano. Thank you for liking my poem and for your support.

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        HI, Alicia, I agreed with you. The composed poem was not only wonderful. It was enjoyable.

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        You've described your love for the piano beautifully, Audrey. I'm glad that it has provided you with so much enjoyment as well as a livelihood.

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        This is such a lovely work! I used to play the violin, but I was never really any good at it. Probably because I got frustrated that everyone else had private lessons and I couldn't keep up so I practiced less at home than I should have. But I love the sound of the melody that can come from it and the piano as well. The piano is an entirely different story, though. For me, I'm not coordinated enough to play it! It's like trying to dance and I can't even line dance! Music, though, still does all the things you said it can do for the release of emotions. So glad you got to make a life utilizing it. You just made me smile reading this.

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        Mary Norton 

        4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        Last spring, we visited the piano school where our grandson graduated and it is interesting to see what they do. You do love your piano. It comes out beautifully in your poem.

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        Venkatachari M 

        4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

        A beautiful poem showcasing the wonders that a piano can create or stimulate in our lives. The video is also equally heart-warming. Thanks for sharing your experiences in piano skills and performances and the greatness of a piano.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        Audry, It is amazing how the piano let you overcome your struggles. We all seem to have our own path. I love the way you presented music in your poetry. Beautiful article!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I took organ lessons or five years. Does that count? :) Great stuff here, dear friend. Loved your presentation.

        love,

        bill

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Beautifully expressed poem and thanks for sharing your personal story with the readers.

        Your love for music is so well known to everyone. Music is a healer and there is no doubt about it.

        Piano is one of my favourite musical instrument. I don’t own it but I do enjoy it wherever it is played.

        Thanks for sharing this wonderful article/ poem filled with emotions. Wish you a good day!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        This was full of emotion and reverence for the piano. I’m sorry to know that your mother was abusive and you used the piano as an escape. It was a good creative outlet. You have certainly flourished.

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hey, Audrey, this is a lovely music. When piano pounds out notes, it is music to my hears. I do not know how to play the instrument. But I have a paternal nephew who always lost himself in it. Thanks for sharing.

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        Ann Carr 

        4 weeks ago from SW England

        This is lovely, Audrey, and your poem flows like the music over the keys, a settling finale in the last verse.

        My mother was a wonderful pianist. Like you, I think she lost herself in the music, especially as a child. Sadly, she was unable to fulfil her desire to go to the Royal School of Music to study further as her parents could not afford it and there were no grants in her day.

        To my shame, I tried to learn but failed; my teacher was uninspiring and I gave up within a few months. However, I would sit and listen to Mum playing, for hours on end. She also played duets with a friend for charity evenings.

        Mum's favourites were Chopin and Rachmaninov and she loved to play contemporary songs, being a fan of the compositions of McCartney. From her, I learnt much about music, touch and tone and how piano music can transport you to many places, high and low.

        Thanks for reminding me of my Mum and the piano's magic. Your verse about it begging someone to play it is superb.

        Ann

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