Delightful, De-Lovely and Deconstructed: Cole Porter’s Piano Is Being Rebuilt

Publisher: 
New York Times
Date: 
December 16, 2018
The piano arrived with a scrap of paper inside, a relic from when it did cocktail-hour duty. On the torn-off page, “Misty” was written in large letters and “please” in smaller letters below. The man who sat down at the keyboard obliged, even though “Misty” was not what one expected to hear from this particular piano. This particular piano belonged to Cole Porter from the mid-1930s to his death in 1964, when he lived atop the Waldorf Astoria. It has a plaque that says, “Some of the loveliest songs in America’s musical history were composed on this Steinway.”...When the work on the piano is completed, the instrument will go to a temporary home at the New-York Historical Society, along with the nine-foot-tall clock from the Waldorf lobby and what the Waldorf calls John F. Kennedy’s rocking chair, from the presidential suite. Read more…
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