DSC00453My Kawai 7′ 5″ concert grand piano. (Sony RX100 III)

The piano has a magnificent tone and the size allows the lowest octave to really resonate.  The ceiling goes up two stories so the sound can really expand.

I spend several hours every day in this room working on my technique and repertoire.

On the piano are the two volume set of Haydn Piano Sonatas.  Haydn was one of Beethoven’s teachers and Beethoven dedicated his first piano sonata to Haydn.  I enjoy sight reading all of the Haydn Sonatas.

On the coffee table is the two volume set of Beethoven Sonatas.  I play all of them, albeit the late sonatas are not quite up to speed yet.  One can work on the Beethoven sonatas for a lifetime and still not really master them.

The bust of Beethoven in the bookcase was made from a plaster life mask.  Beethoven’s friends and contemporaries said this bust was the best likeness of him.  Beethoven died just a few years before photography was developed so this is the best we have for what he really looked like.