Thursday, August 01, 2019
Afghan pianist thankful to US troops
On July 31, 2019, NBC Nightly News presented a moving story about pianist Elham Fanous, who grew up in Afghanistan where music is forbidden (as idolatry) by radical Taliban fundamentalism. There were only 25 pianos in the country.
On the NBC video he plays the opening of the Chopin #2 Scherzo in B-flat Minor, Op. 31. (I’ve always thought that the ending in the relative D-flat major instead of Picardy B-flat sounds trite; this scherzo is not Chopin's best.)
Elham enters graduate school in September at the Manhattan School of Music and says he is thankful to US troops who gave music back to the Afghan people. A Military Times video of his interview is shown here.
Hunter College has a review of one of his concerts.