European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Dec 9 1967, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseStripes Dai a Sticky evening in Bangkok mayhem in editor s note this review by Kenneth Langben appeared in the English language Bangkok Post reihe recital last evening in the Al chamber music room of the Era wan hotel by . Pianist Myron Kropp the first appearance of or. Kropp in bang Kok can Only be described by this re viewer and those who witnessed s performance As one of the most interesting experiences in a very Long time. A hush Feu Over the room As appeared from the right of the stage attired in Black formal evening Wear with a Small White poppy in his Lapel. With sparse Sandy hair a Sallow looking Frame the Man who has re popularized Jonah Sebastian Bach approached the Baldwin concert grand bowed to the audience and placed him self upon the Stool. It might be appropriate to insert Attis juncture that Many pianists including or. Kropp prefer a Bench main Taining that on a screw Type Stool they sometimes find themselves turning Side ways during a particularly expressive Strain. There was a slight delay infant As or. Kropp left the stage briefly apparently i search of a Bench but returned when informed that there was none As i have mentioned on several other occasions the Baldwin concert grand while basically a Fine instrument need constant attention particularly in a Cli mate such As Bangkok s. This is evermore True when the instrument is As old As the one provided in the chamber music room of the Era wan hotel. In this humidity the Felts which separate the White keys from the Black tend to swell causing an occasional key to stick which apparently was the Case last evening with the d in the second octave. During the raging storm Section of the d minor toccata and fugue or Kropp must complimented for put Ting up with tiie awkward 9. However by the tune the storm was past and he had gotten into the prelude and fugue in d major la which the second octave plays a major role or. Kropp s patience was wearing thin. Some who attended the performance later questioned whether the awkward key justified some of the language which was heard coining from the stage during softer passages of the fugue. However one member of the audience who had sent his children out of the room by the Midway Point of the fugue had a valid Point when he commented Over the music and extemporaneous remarks of or. Kropp that the Workman who greased the Stool might have done bet or to use some of the grease on the Sec Ond octave d. Indeed or. Kropp s Stool had More than enough grease an during one passage in which the music and lyrics both were particularly viol enter. Kropp was turned completely around. Whereas before his remarks had been aimed largely at the piano and were muted to his Surprise and that of those in the chamber music room he found himself addressing himself directly to the audience. But such things do happen and the person who began to laugh deserves to be severely reprimanded for this undignified behaviour. Unfortunately laugh ing is contagious and by the time it had subsided and the audience had re gained its composure or. Krop appeared to be somewhat shaken. Nevertheless he swivelled himself Back into position facing the piano and leaving the d major fugue unfinished commenced on the fantasia and fugue in g minor. Why the concert grand piano s g key in the third octave chose that particular time to begin sticking i hesitate to guess. However it is certainly safety say that or. Kropp himself did Noth ing to help matters when he began using his feet to kick the lower portion of the piano instead of operating the pedals As is generally done. Possibly it was this jarring or Theun Bach like hammering to which the sticking keyboard was being caused the right front leg of the piano to buckle slightly inward leaving the entire instrument listing at approximately a 35-degree Angle fro that which is Normal. A gasp went up from the audience for if the piano had actually fallen several of or. Kropp s toes if not both his feet would surely have been broken. It was with a sigh of Relief therefore that the audience saw or. Kropp slowly Rise from his Stool and leave the few men in the Back of the room be Gan clapping and when or. Kropp reappeared a moment later it seemed he was responding to the ovation. Apparently however he had left to get the red handled fire a which was Hung backstage in Case of fire for that was what he had in his first reaction at seeing or. Kropp begin to chop at the left leg of the Gran piano was that he was attempting to make it tilt at the same Angle As the right leg and thereby Correct the list. However when the weakened legs finally collapsed altogether with a great crash and or. Kropp continued to chop it became obvious to All tha he had no intention of going on with the Ushers who had heard the snap Ping of piano wires and splintering of sounding Board from the dining room came Rushing in and with the help of the hotel manager two Indian watchmen and a passing police Corporal finally succeeded in disarming or. Kropp and dragging him off the stage. I 1p i it i saturday december 9, 1967 the stars and stripes Page 11

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