Music: Piano Forte

At Bunzlau, Silesian railroad town on the Sober River, one Eduard Kemp haled his neighbors around his piano. Playing the piano was his forte and he was going to play it for a long, long time. For hours he played. Neighbors gaped, yawned, went home to sensible featherbeds. Next day they found him playing erratically, and the next day more erratically. After 82 hours he ceased. Crazily he challenged the world for his peculiar competition.


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