January 16, 2011

Four hands, one piano

Four hands, one piano

As a Christmas present, Shaggy Hair Boy gave With-a-Why a binder filled with the sheet music from video games like Donkey Kong and movies like Jurassic Park.

In this photo, Boy in Black and With-a-Why are playing a duet called Krook’s March from Donkey Kong Country 2. The duet is meant for two pianos, but since we’ve only got one piano here, the boys just play right on top of each other, reaching across each others' arms and sometimes even hitting the same keys at the same time.

They don’t talk when they play, they stare intently at the sheet of music the whole time. Trying to play the piano in that situation would drive me crazy, but it doesn't seem to bother either of them in the least. And the resulting music? It sounds pretty good.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N0J0wygCZM

In case you've never heard it...

jo(e) said...

Thanks for the link! It's fun to hear the original version. I've only heard the four-handed piano version.

liz said...

That is awesome! Can you do a video of them playing it?

Sandie said...

That is so neat. I am always inspired by how close your kids are and how music flows so freely throughout your lives.

Amber said...

Eeekk! Where's their hair!?

I recall With-a-Why getting it cut for donating, right?, but when did Boy in Black chop it off?

What an awesome Christmas present!

(verification word: supper. but actually I'm having breakfast :-) )

jo(e) said...

Amber: Boy in Black's hair never gets longer than shoulder-length. Every couple of months, he shaves and then takes a pair of scissors and chops a bunch of hair off. Then it grows back. This must be right after one of his haircuts. In most of my photos, he has it pulled back in a bandana, so the length is kind of obscured.

lizardek said...

It would be SO great to see a video of this, or at least a sound clip. Pretty please with sugar on top??