Piano and pleasantries for 90-plus years in Ontario County

The Tuesday Piano Quartette is one of the interesting stories of Geneva’s musical history. For more than 90 years a group of women has played together once a week. A piano quartet (the Geneva group founders preferred the French spelling) usually refers to a piano and three string instruments. Less common is two pianos played by four people, also called eight-hand piano. This form was popular in the late 19th century to play symphonic pieces. Current member Meg Heaton says it’s “the pianist’s chance to sit in the orchestra.” Four musicians can play all the string, brass and wind sections found in a symphony.

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