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Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein composing at the piano

Welcome to the Keys for Curtis "piano pages." For the campaign, this piano has been named after Curtis alum Leonard Bernstein, one of the twenty-two composers selected to represent the deep heritage and diversity of classical music.

Born August 25, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Bernstein earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Harvard College, then arrived at Curtis in September, 1939. Among his teachers at Curtis were Isabelle Vengerova, piano, Renee Longee, solfege, and his major teacher, conductor Fritz Reiner. Composer Randall Thompson had been appointed director of Curtis in June, 1939 - he and Bernstein had a passion for solving British crossword puzzles together. Among Bernstein's contemporaries during his two years at Curtis was pianist, composer and conductor Lukas Foss. 


About This Piano

  • On September 8 and 9, 2010, members of the Curtis piano faculty visited the Steinway factory in Long Island and selected twenty-two new pianos needed when Curtis expands its campus to include Lenfest Hall.
  • Steinway & Sons began building fine pianos in 1853. Handmade and built to last for generations, Steinway pianos are exceptional investments as well as superb musical instruments.   
  • Curtis has been an "All-Steinway School" since its founding in 1924 - one of nine conservatories, eighty colleges and unversities, and twenty-one other schools of distinction so designated.
  • This piano, one of the school's three new Steinway Model "B" grands, measures seven feet in length. Like all Steinway pianos, this musical instrument is built of the finest materials to the highest quality standards.
  • In July, 2011, Steinway "B" #587875 was delivered to Lenfest Hall and assigned to Room 302, overlooking Locust Street.

You Can Help by Purchasing a Piano Key

  • Make a gift of $50 for each piano key you would like to buy, then Curtis will place your name next to one of this piano's eighty-eight keys, listed below. 
  • Make a note of the key or keys you would like to select and the name of this piano (Bernstein). Then make your contribution online, or call the Curtis Development Office at (215) 893-5279. Just mention that you want to give to "Keys For Curtis."
  • To thank you for helping Curtis purchase this new Steinway piano, we'll send you a "Keys For Curtis" keychain!

THANK YOU for your gift to Curtis!

 

Key:

 

Contributed by:

 A0  1  
 A0#  2  
 B0  3  
 C1  4  
 C1#  5  
 D1  6  
 D1#  7  
 E1  8  
 F1  9  
 F1#  10  
 G1  11  
 G1#  12  
 A1  13  
 A1#  14  
 B1  15  
 C2  16  
 C2#  17  
 D2  18  
 D2#  19  
 E2  20  
 F2  21  
 F2#  22  
 G2  23  
 G2#  24  
 A2  25  
 A2#  26  
 B2  27  
 C3  28  
 C3#  29  
 D3  30  
 D3#  31  
 E3  32  
 F  33 Tony Brown, in memory of Anne Flower Janney
 F3#  34  
 G3  35  
 G3#  36  
 A3  37  
 A3#  38  
 B3  39  
 C4 - Middle C  40  
 C4#  41  
 D4  42  
 D4#  43  
 E4  44  
 F4  45  
 F4#  46  
 G4  47  
 G4#  48  
 A4  49  
 A4#  50  
 B4  51  
 C5  52  
 C5#  53  
 D5  54  
 D5#  55  
 E5  56  
 F5  57  
 F5#  58  
 G5

 59

 
 G5#  60  
 A5  61  
 A5#  62  
 B5  63  
 C6  64  
 C6#  65  
 D6  66  
 D6#  67  
 E6  68  
 F6  69  
 F6#  70  
 G6  71  
 G6#  72  
 A6  73  
 A6#  74  
 B6  75  
 C7  76  
 C7#  77  
 D7  78  
 D7#  79  
 E7  80  
 F7  81  
 F7#  82  
 G7  83  
 G7#  84  
 A7  85  
 A7#  86  
 B7  87  
C8  88  

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Curtis Development Office, (215) 893-5279 and mention "Keys for Curtis."

 

 

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