Takeo Tchinai, head of the Archiving Project for Left-Hand Piano Musicoversees a growing corpus* of music for pianist who, for whatever reason, have lost or never had some or all use of their left hand, perhaps because they have lost or never had some or all of their left hand, perhaps because they have dystonia, perhaps because they have philosophic or other objections to their right hand or special, nearly exclusive love of their left hand. In the video here, Tchinai plays Béla Bartók’s “Tanulmany balkezre” [Study for the left hand], which was written, not off-handedly, in 1903:
“The project’s goal is to excavate and revive the scattered and lost pieces of the left hand piano music, through running a self-managed online archive of video and other resources. Its mission is to share with the handicapped musicians a hope to keep playing music as well as joy to seek this esoteric form of piano music, which may lead to opening up the possibility of performance with left hand alone. I hope the video collection of my performances will grow to inspire musicians.”
*A corpus that one day will be complete, perhaps, except for the portions that correspond metaphorically to the right hand.
(Thanks to investigator Sid Rodrigues for bringing this to our attention.)
BONUS QUESTION: Is there a similar archive, of at least equal quality, for right-hand piano music?
BONUS BONUS QUESTION: Is there a similar archive, of at least equal quality, for left-hand guitar music?