Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pianists and their hands

Rachmaninoff was known for having very big hands. How many keys can yours stretch across? And how big were Rachmaninoff's hands? Max Harrison in Rachmaninoff: Life, Works, Recordings said that "Rachmaninoff could with his left hand stretch C–E-flat–G–C–G and the right could manage C (second finger)–E–G–C–E (thumb under).” 

Below please see two pictures. On the left hand side is Maestro Rachmaninoff's hands. On the right hand side is yours truly!