Saturday, July 30, 2011

9. Afghanistan

Many years ago I was challenged to make up a limerick rhyming Afghanistan.  You'll need to know three things in order for it to be appreciated (or not!)

1.  Byron Janis is an American concert pianist (now in his 80's)

2.  Carl Czerny (churn-ee) was an Austrian composer.  If you ever took piano lessons, your teacher probably made you practice his exercises to improve your dexterity.

3.  The Mannes (man-us) School is a prestigious musical institution in NYC.

An aspiring pianist from Afghanistan
Became a devout Byron Janis fan
Wrote he "Who can learn me
To master my Czerny?"
Replied pianist Janis, "The Mannes can."

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