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Giant Human Piano Comes Alive in Canada

Mia Fitzharris
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Remember the Tom Hanks movie "Big"? In the film's iconic scene Hanks's character plays a giant piano on the floor at the FAO Schwarz toy store in New York City. Well, a video on YouTube showcases an even cooler version of that giant piano … and this one is alive! It's called Le Piano Vivant, which means "The Living Piano" in French. The video was released by French-Canadian educational and cultural site TFO. The giant 12-note human piano was set up in a park in Quebec. Each singer carries the specific tone of each key, and when a participant steps on a key, the human "piano string" sings that note.

The stunt was put together in collaboration with the Quebec opera festival, and the part of each string was actually sung by an opera singer. The purpose of Le Piano Vivant was to bring opera to the people by inviting the public to engage with a new, interactive, and never-before-seen instrument. Bring on more giant human instruments — sounds like music to our ears.

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