Humbert is a pianist

yokied

Hall of Fame
Humbert could really go places folks. About the only thing against him is that he’s French.

a lot of people don't know this, but whenever the french players aren't playing tennis, they all actually sit around playing songs from the soundtrack of Amélie over and over again. it's part of the culture.
They have a special edition of White Christmas they do courtside for Dan Evans matches.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
a lot of people don't know this, but whenever the french players aren't playing tennis, they all actually sit around playing songs from the soundtrack of Amélie over and over again. it's part of the culture.
And when French WTA players aren't playing tennis, they all actually sit around quoting lines from La Vie d'Adèle and smoking through quellazaires.

Meanwhile, the uncouth Spanish players in their spare time do nothing but brutish footwork and movement drills during the local encierro where they let loose the Nadal on the streets of Majorca and they try to avoid getting trampled. Apparently it's easier to escape on cement roads because bulls can change direction on dirt far better than most humans can.
 

NonP

Hall of Fame
Man you jokers can't leave well enough alone. So the guy is no Liberace, let alone Horowitz. BFD.

Anyhoo:

But is he as good as the maestro/virtuoso ?

A pretty smart pair of jeans, actually. Uniqlo invaded my local mall (one of the few thriving in the US) a couple years before they landed probably their biggest marketing coup in Fed, and every time I pass by the store it seems to be doing pretty brisk business, at least before the pandemic.

This.

Saw 'pianist' and expected Liszt but got Mary had a little lamb. It's cool he can play, but the video was very awkward to watch. Like why is the chef and three other rando's standing there?
Most of Liszt's showpieces make even pros squirm. And those guys were clearly appreciating a pro athlete displaying his skill outside his usual arena.

Just copying and replaying someone else's music, big difference!
Like 99% of all concert pianists today. "Composer-pianist" ain't a thing no more, except part-timers like Hamelin or improvisers like Montero:

 

Wurm

Semi-Pro
Man you jokers can't leave well enough alone. So the guy is no Liberace, let alone Horowitz. BFD.
I wasn't expecting to see him serenely wafting his way through Chopin's Revolutionary Etude but "Meet the piano man of tennis" is pregnant with the expectation that he'll be playing something a tiny bit harder than he is. Not Humbert's fault, mind (unless he chose to play something well within him so he didn't screw it up), it's whoever put the video together and gave it that title - it's as if tennis players aren't expected to have the ability to do much more than wipe their own backsides.

Up next, a video of a tennis player playing Smells Like Teen Spirit with the title: "Meet the guitar man of tennis".
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
Don’t want to sound snobbish but when I was in middle school there were multiple kids in my class that had taught themselves how to play that Amelie song. I play classical piano and I can tell you that it’s not exactly the most difficult piece out there.
 

RaulRamirez

Hall of Fame
Don’t want to sound snobbish but when I was in middle school there were multiple kids in my class that had taught themselves how to play that Amelie song. I play classical piano and I can tell you that it’s not exactly the most difficult piece out there.
How were their backhands?
 

NonP

Hall of Fame
I wasn't expecting to see him serenely wafting his way through Chopin's Revolutionary Etude but "Meet the piano man of tennis" is pregnant with the expectation that he'll be playing something a tiny bit harder than he is. Not Humbert's fault, mind (unless he chose to play something well within him so he didn't screw it up), it's whoever put the video together and gave it that title - it's as if tennis players aren't expected to have the ability to do much more than wipe their own backsides.

Up next, a video of a tennis player playing Smells Like Teen Spirit with the title: "Meet the guitar man of tennis".
As a classically (mostly self-)trained pianist myself I can tell you Ugo has a good sense of rhythm and his grace notes are tastefully deployed. Granted nobody would describe his tone as cantabile, but that can be said of pretty much every other amateur's. I'm glad he's got such a rewarding hobby and hope he keeps it up.

P.S. The "Revolutionary" isn't supposed to be "serene," but more like this:


You'll be hard-pressed to name anyone else past or present with a more scorching left hand in this warhorse. Con fuoco, indeed.

Don’t want to sound snobbish but when I was in middle school there were multiple kids in my class that had taught themselves how to play that Amelie song. I play classical piano and I can tell you that it’s not exactly the most difficult piece out there.
None of Chopin mazurkas ain't "the most difficult piece out there" either, but no pro worth his salt would call them easy. For real cognoscenti what you can play matters less than how you play it.
 

Zetty

Hall of Fame
Man you jokers can't leave well enough alone. So the guy is no Liberace, let alone Horowitz. BFD.

Anyhoo:




A pretty smart pair of jeans, actually. Uniqlo invaded my local mall (one of the few thriving in the US) a couple years before they landed probably their biggest marketing coup in Fed, and every time I pass by the store it seems to be doing pretty brisk business, at least before the pandemic.



Most of Liszt's showpieces make even pros squirm. And those guys were clearly appreciating a pro athlete displaying his skill outside his usual arena.



Like 99% of all concert pianists today. "Composer-pianist" ain't a thing no more, except part-timers like Hamelin or improvisers like Montero:

Yea, everyone's a hack now :-D
 

Wurm

Semi-Pro
P.S. The "Revolutionary" isn't supposed to be "serene," but more like this
Er, serene was used to describe the possible demeanour of Humbert were he to be so in command of the instrument as to be playing such a challenging and busy piece of music effortlessly, not the piece of music itself. It's the last thing I set about learning on the piano decades ago during a brief period where I discovered, ironically via the guitar player Tony MacAlpine, there was piano music I actually liked. I abandoned the effort after a few months and just stuck to playing guitar, an instrument I prefer inestimably more.
 
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