The piano accompanist. It implies subserviency. There is no getting around it. It is the ‘supportive’ role, the musical background for the supposed ‘soloist’, the ‘wife’ in the home, cooking and cleaning, their menial and unchallenging work enabling another’s greatness to blossom and reach potential.

A pianist has to tone down their talent for the duo. Most professional pianists have practised hours a day from a very young age, learning to combine harmony, melody and complex contrapuntal writing. They sweat...

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