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December 6, 2008

"My first encounter with the piano came from a Tom and Jerry cartoon, where Tom plays Lizst's 'Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2'" — Lang Lang

The 26-year-old Chinese pianist was quoted thus by Claire Wrathall in an interview in today's Financial Times "How To Spend It" magazine.

No, you can't read the interview for yourself 'cause it's not online — at least, not where my crack research team can find it to provide you with a direct link.

So you'll just have to take my word for it, won't you?

Who you gonna believe, anyway — me, or your lying ears?

Up top, the cartoon that launched Lang Lang's career.

Though I must have seen it when I was a boy, I can't have enjoyed it any more than I did just now — sheer brilliance.

FunFact: "... there are 40 million children learning the piano in China now," according to Lang Lang.

He added, "It's incredible. Scary...."

Below,

Lang Lang performs Lizst's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" at London's Royal Albert Hall during the Proms 2008 season.

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Tom and Jerry have more grace than any character made with the technology of today.

It´s an incredible display of how an animator understands the nuances of movement and the quirks of gesture.

Lang Lang is not bad either.

Posted by: wombat | Dec 10, 2008 3:03:55 PM

1946!!! 62 years ago! Can you imagine what the creators of this cartoon could do today with our technology?

Posted by: Joe Peach | Dec 9, 2008 6:44:54 PM

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