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George Redmond Gentleman Piano Tuner

The life story of George Remond who spent his lifetime tuning pianos for the great and good of Ireland. In this documentary George recalls tuning pianos during the war, the lonely but rewarding job of working alone ensuring musicians can tell their stories in key. (1990)

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George Redmond Gentleman Piano Tuner

This is the life story of 83 year old George Remond from West Cork, Ireland. George spent his lifetime travelling around Ireland tuning pianos for the great and the good, and met many of the big names in the music world such as John MacCormack, Beniamo Gigli and Magaret Burke Sheridan.

Piano tuning is the act of making minute adjustments to the tensions of the strings of an acoustic piano to properly align the intervals between their tones so that the instrument is in tune. There are many reasons why pianos go out of tune, mainly due to change in temperatures. For instance changes in humidity will affect the pitch of a piano, frequent and hard playing can also cause a piano to lose correct sound. 

Born in 1907 in Bantry, County Cork, George's father was a Ships Captain. George recalls his early years while tuning a piano in the RDS Dublin for Mr. Arthur Rubinstein, an acclaimed American-Polish classical pianist - not knowing the star was beside him listening to him play, much to the delight of Rubinstein.

Produced by Marcus MacDonald.

First Broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 - 10 September 1990.

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