Interview with young pianists Gertrude, Dagmar, and their mother Elizabeth
Gertrude : When I went to Argentina, we didn't have a real piano, we just had a keyboard, so it was a little hard to play, but we had to do it anyway. It was a big adventure for me and my sister Dagmar. Thanks to that piano, I was able to complete my goal of 1000 days of piano practice in a row.
Isaac (piano tuner) : Wow - not many people have done that...except professional musicians...
Gertrude : And Bach.
Elizabeth (mother) : Gertrude, do you remember when Isaac went with us to help look at pianos, and we weren't sure if we were in the right place and it was a little spooky because the piano shop was on the top floor and we had to walk through two floors without the lights on full of disheveled off-season Christmas decorations?
Dagmar : And you gave me a piece from inside a piano to show me how it works? Remember?
Elizabeth : And Gertrude, do you remember when you first played piano at school in Argentina? You didn't know anybody, and they didn't know you could play piano, and the music teacher who didn't speak any English heard you play for the first time? She lost her mind when she heard you play.
Gertrude : Yeah, she lost her mind! (giggles) First, I went into music class, with everybody, I didn't really know who to sit next to, so I just sat down on a bench, then I raised my hand to tell them which instrument I play, and I told her piano, so the music teacher just said, "Play us a song", so I played a song called "Chante Arabe," and the music teacher was just amazed!
gertrude plays the song