But it is an interesting project. :p
Anyway, yesterday's foray into al fresco pianism in London was a bit more successful than Monday's jaunt. The storm had cleared up; I found (after a bit of lost wandering around Docklands in the last case) all three of the Canary Wharf pianos in working order and was able to try them all. None was exactly in tune, but all were more or less playable.
First and easiest to find was Reuters Plaza
, which was also probably the best in terms of tuning and responsiveness. Unfortunately I didn't really hit my stride at this point. Playing outside on an unfamiliar instrument with people going past around you takes a bit of getting used to, it seems. Not that anybody was interested in some weirdo murdering Kapustin outside a pub. It was a bit after 6:30 I reckon, so though it was quite busy everybody was more interested in getting either home or into the pub for their after-work pint.
A bit more exploration turned up this piano
. There were a couple of people investigating it but they didn't stay, and one woman nearby having a smoke and looking very bemused at the piano or the guy playing it or both. I think I was starting to get the hang of it--it helped when I stopped trying for any dynamics and started just playing everything fortissimo, since most of the sound was vanishing into the empty air anyway. I actually managed to limp through a couple of pieces, and a gentleman came up and applauded and asked if I'd been playing Bach. No, Scarlatti. "Oh, I love Scarlatti, but I don't know that one." He hummed a few bits but not of any pieces I know. We had a short chat though.
I got a bit turned about looking for the third one
. I had better hopes for this one; it seemed from the photographs to be the most sheltered of the three, but turned out to be the least well in tune. It got the most interest though; I think I'm in several people's photos, I got a round of applause (actually, while I was trying to work out what bar came next in a piece I don't know very well, so I think it was my presence at the piano rather than my performance that did it) and exchanged a few words with somebody although I was in mid-flow at the time so I doubt I was much of a conversationalist.
All good clean fun. I'm pleased to report that all the pianos had their plastic covers over them when I found them, and of course I made sure to cover them up again before I left. Tonight I'm planning a bit more exploration down by the Tower to investigate the pianos I've not played round that way.