Lesson: THE GREAT PIANO SWINDLE (C1-C2)

3. We’re going to listen to a story of a scam which shocked the classical music industry in the 2000s.

a. First, what do you know about classical piano music?

  • Have you ever taken piano lessons?
  • How many composers of piano music can you name?
  • How many classical pianists can you name?
  • Can you name any examples of pieces of music for piano solo, or for piano and orchestra?
  • Who wrote the most difficult piano music?
  • What’s the difference between a recital, a concert and a performance?

Click here for answers.

b. Listen to the first part of the video.

  • How is the scam described?
  • What three synonyms for ‘scam’ are used in the clip?

Answers: here.

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