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Sergei Rachmaninov personally chose this piano for his performances in England in the 1930s. It is now at the Holbourne Museum in Bath.

I was awestruck.

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For years, I’ve gravitated toward Rachmaninov’s compositions. Do you ever wonder what draws you to a particular piece of music? It is rare that I find music that I absolutely love, love, love. I enjoy music from a wide range of genres and periods: Baroque, Romantic, 1920s jazz, 1950s country (and 1970s country, ha!), alternative rock. But there are only a few musicians who truly resonate deep within me, and I’ve always found the reasons why to be quite mysterious.

I took about twenty photos of the piano. I'm sure the docent thought I was a little crazy.

I took about twenty photos of the piano. I’m sure the docent thought I was a little crazy.

It’s like that music hits a chord within my soul and thrums inside of me. It feels like something that has to do with wavelengths. That music and my being are on the same wavelength.

I could have stayed in the piano’s presence for the two hours that I was there. I could almost see Rachmaninov’s shadow and hear the music emanating from the piano.

You never know what you will find when you enter a museum. I certainly was not expecting this.

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