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Top Five page-turning fails

Station Blog2020-2-3By: Classical Staff

A remarkably composed cellist, mid-piece, waiting for the pianist to get it together 


February 10, 2020

Page turning. I’ve written about it before – how nerve-wracking it can be, when a pianist requires one.  Here are my thoughts on a previous article I’d written about it.

This video clip has made the rounds before, but in case you’d missed it, here are some stunning examples of what can go wrong. The takeaway? Whether you use a page-turner or not, always travel with lots of adhesive tape and reinforcements. Remember those? The round stickers to strengthen the paper where the holes are punched.

iPads with a foot pedal are increasingly popular among pianists but many still prefer paper, especially as many musicians initially learned the music before iPads even existed, and the memory recall is that much better on familiar scores.

Have a look at these spectacular page-turn fails and how the show went on!


Liz Parker is the Digital Content Editor for The New Classical FM, a piano teacher, and occasional stylist for musician photo shoots. She loves food.  Got a story idea? [email protected] 


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