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Published on Jun 28, 2012
Trailer for "Requiem for a Baby Grand", a film by Pavel Borodin documenting the performance by Hans W. Koch, Thomas Lehn, Ben Patterson and Jozef Cseres at the Deutzer Brücke in Cologne on April 19, 2008.
Hans W. Koch, Thomas Lehn, Ben Patterson and Jozef Cseres perform Requiem for a Baby Grand (2008) Final Piano Music for 8 Hands and Tools
A film by Pavel Borodin
Despite all iconoclastic attitudes, the action of dissecting a piano, when executed right, is an orgiastic celebration of sound by itself, and the swan-song of a piano dying is rare enough to witness.
THE PIANO An August Förster grand piano built on November 6, 1901 in Löbau (Saxony), serial number 11825. It has been delivered to Dortmund, where it has survived two world wars, but after all the aggregated damage it was designated for demolition in 1977. Thomas Lehn has rescued it for practising, and in 1982 it ended up in the apartment in cologne, where Hans W. Koch has been living since 2000. After 8 years, he had to make room and took the opportunity to give the old grand a proper farewell during the cologne art fair.
THE PERFORMERS - Hans W. Koch, composer/performer and producer of the requiem. Owner of the piano. - Thomas Lehn, synthesizer virtuoso and pianist. Previous owner of the piano. - Ben Patterson, artist and composer with ample experience in dealing with pianos. - Jozef Cseres, aesthetician and performer. Never played neither owned a piano.