UCSD’s Toy Piano Festival: An Unusual Tribute to Tiny Music

The toy piano has been a musician’s cult favorite since John Cage fell in love with the instrument and composed his own piece for it in 1948; music lovers around the world have grown to know and even prefer the miniature equivalent to its much larger counterpart. For the past 14 years on September 5th, UC San Diego has celebrated the birth of John Cage and the establishment of the tiny piano’s place in the world; but first, we take a look at how this pint-sized creation got its start in the mid-19th century and what role UCSD plays in its continuing recognition.

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