A Cannon by Regina Spektor
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What is a piano? A musical instrument with a keyboard as its main part played by the means of the keys of the keyboard is known as a piano. This instrument ranks among the most used and most well known musical instruments through out the world. The use of the piano is especially rampant in any form of classical Western music. The instrument used to be the most common musical instrument to be found in 18th and 19th century homes and playing piano used to be the regular form of entertainment. In modern times the piano is regularly used for performances and ensemble employment. It is also a regular as an accompaniment for the contemporary music being produced today. Recently, it has become more of a fad to take piano lesson. Playing piano is also known to aid music composition and rehearsal and hence the piano is popularly used for these purposes. (More...) Show video tutorial!
About the Artist
Regina Ilyinichna Spektor born February 18, 1980) is a Russian-born American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered in New York City's East Village. Spektor was born in Moscow, USSR in 1980 to a musical Russian Jewish family. Her father, Ilya Spektor, is a photographer and amateur violinist. Her mother, Bella Spektor, was a music professor in a Russian college of music and now teaches at a public elementary school in Mount Vernon, New York. She has a brother Barry (who was referred to as Bear), who was featured in track 7 or "Whisper", of her 2004 album, Soviet Kitsch. She learned how to play piano by practicing on a Petrof upright that was given to her mother by her grandfather. She was also exposed to the music of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues by her father, who obtained such recordings in Eastern Europe and traded cassettes with friends in the Soviet Union. The family left the Soviet Union in 1989, when Regina was nine and a half, during the period of Perestroika, when Soviet citizens were permitted to emigrate. Regina had to leave her piano behind.