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The Essay, The Piano in Five Pieces Episode guide

  1. Susan Tomes

    5/5 Susan Tomes describes the life of a concert pianist, constantly playing unfamiliar pianos.

    First broadcast: 28 Sep 2012

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  2. Luke Jerram

    4/5 Artist Luke Jerram on how he put over 700 pianos in public places across the world.

    First broadcast: 27 Sep 2012

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  3. Wendy Cope

    3/5 The poet Wendy Cope presents a personal look at pianos in her life.

    First broadcast: 26 Sep 2012

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  4. Stuart Isacoff

    2/5 Writer Stuart Isacoff explores how the piano's sound has shaped musical history.

    First broadcast: 25 Sep 2012

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  5. Alastair Sooke

    1/5 Art critic Alastair Sooke on how the piano has infused and informed painting and the arts.

    First broadcast: 24 Sep 2012

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