Piano sell-off the sad coda to Soviet dream
This is really sad:
“STALIN, Khrushchev and Brezhnev all dreamed of a Soviet Union populated by dedicated citizens, working all day to build the Socialist dream and studying the high arts in the evenings.
They encouraged piano production in order to boost culture among the
people and upright versions of the instrument became the norm in the country’s myriad blocks of flats. But now they are being sold in their thousands, many just being given away, as Russians decide they need room in the post-Soviet era for more than music practice.
Pianos are being forced out by Ikea furniture and Japanese stereo systems as young professionals turn their back on their parents’ dreams of having a classical pianist in the family…”
Scotland on Sunday