George Winston to play Hiroshima’s A-bombed piano


Renowned pianist George Winston will play the grand piano that was repaired after having been damaged in the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima at a concert to be held in the city.

Winston has had a strong interest in peace activities and the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. On his 1995 album, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” he took inspiration from the true story of Sadako Sasaki, an atomic-bomb victim who died of leukemia at the age of 12, in 1955.

The girl hoped for recovery right up until her death. She believed she would be cured by folding 1,000 paper cranes.

The piano, which was made in the early Taisho era (1912-1926), is extremely valuable. The piano was in a primary school about two kilometers from ground zero on Aug. 6, 1945. After the bombing, it was repaired and played a great role in nurturing musicians in the early days of the city’s Elizabeth University of Music.

Link (Daily Yomiuri Online)

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