Farewell to a Grande Dame

Our piano left today, and it was harder to part with her than I imagined.

Built in 1891 of solid walnut, she had presided over our living room for almost twenty years. I can still remember the day we brought her home. Oh, how excited our 5-year-old twin girls were! They immediately started banging away on the keys with great enthusiasm, until I warned them to be gentle or else it wouldn’t play beautiful music anymore. The horrified response from one daughter, “You mean it will play rock and roll?!?” still makes for a favourite family story.

But as children grew up and left home (our youngest departs in January) our Grande Dame became ever more silent 1and sad. She was a beautiful piece of furniture (especially when she was all decked out for Christmas), but she was built to make music, and she longed to be more than simply decorative. I felt that longing in her each time I dusted her carved front or moved yet another pile of stuff from her too-convenient surface.

She had some good years left in her, she whispered to me time and again, and she deserved to be played.

She’ll get that now. We found a new family for her, with children who are just embarking on piano lessons. They’ll be so excited when they see her after school today, and she, I think, will be equally pleased to see them.

Farewell, Grande Dame. May you and your new family find much happiness in the music you make together.





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4 responses to “Farewell to a Grande Dame”

  1. Darlene Duckworth Avatar
    Darlene Duckworth

    We have one in our living room as well. It actually is Erin’s piano and as soon as we get a chance to move her she will have a new home. At present Erin and her kids play on her when they are here. hugs…

    1. Linda Avatar

      Thanks, Aunt Darlene — and I’m glad your lady is still being played! 🙂

  2. photojaq Avatar

    I loved this post. I too had an old upright (old when WE got it too) that finally went so long unused that we decided to sell it. Ours is getting used now at a community theatre, giving musical back ground to practice sessions of old musicals like Okalahoma, South Pacific and Guys & Dolls. She’s loving it, I’m sure, and tapping her own pedals once in awhile, I suspect.

    I mentioned another upright piano in a blog post I wrote today for our Writers in Residence, titled “Where Do Writers Get Ideas?” It’s a bit more diabolical… but if you’d like to read it, here’s the link: bit.ly/1OwcUvQ

    1. Linda Avatar

      I’m so glad you enjoyed, Jackie! It sounds like your old girl is very happy in her new home. And now I’m off to check out your post! 🙂

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