Impromptu
Young boy finds abandoned piano and plays so magnificently earns 19M views
I've never heard this song like this before, incredible.
Eduardo Gaskell
06.09.22

This young Korean lad’s name is Lee Jaehyung, and he is no stranger to playing on the streets of his native land.

But that’s when there’s a lot of people walking around him.

This time, he finds an abandoned piano in a small street and hammers out magic.

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The key to his playing is talent.

It’s pretty common to find instruments scattered in public places.

Airports, train stations, malls, and streets normally have a few here and there for buskers to entertain the men and women out and about.

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Except it’s not often a busker blows strangers away with talent.

Some are, let’s say decent, while others truly are exceptional musicians and singers who just love their craft.

PIANØ8-JAEHYUNGLEE has quite the following.

With 26.3k subscribers, this Korean pianist fills the streets with the sound of a piano pushed to its limit, this time Pachelbel’s canon in D.

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Lee is used to a crowd gathering around him but this time there’s only a handful who stop and watch, including a kid who had the sudden urge to break into a silly dance.

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German composer Johann Pachelbel is a name synonymous with soaring piano pieces and many piano teachers are fond of using his work to teach aspiring pianists.

Canon in D is one of the most popular pieces, finding itself in music rooms, recording sessions, and many special events.

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It’s not exactly impromptu or unplanned as this was posted by Daily Busking, so yes the piano was positioned in that street with cameras ready to film Lee work his magic.

Not even a virus going around can stop a boy who has Pachelbel’s famous piece flowing from his fingers.

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Lee’s intensity, his passion and drive, are what makes this so much fun to watch.

He really does love playing and his movements in rhythm are infectious, causing viewers to stare in awe.

“Whoawww. What talent!! And how many hours has he spent practicing to be able to play like this?!!! Well done. Absolutely beautiful!” a viewer named CC Mars commented.

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Lee’s got his mask on and his backpack strapped to his back.

He doesn’t care about getting comfortable. All he wants to do is to sit and play.

What is fascinating is that Pachelbel’s Canon’s origins are unknown. Historians say the piece was composed sometime between 1680 and 1706. And the oldest surviving manuscript copy dates back to the 19th century.

Canon in D, with its mysterious past, is today one of the more popular piano pieces often played in recitals and even weddings.

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But a small street in Korea is the last place one expects to hear Pachelbel’s work.

And yet here’s Lee, fingers flying all over those keys filling the street with his playing. Korea is known for many beautiful aspects, but sometimes you can find its charm in a small alley.

Go ahead and subscribe to Lee’s YouTube channel for more on this Korean wonder!

Watch the video below for Lee’s take on Pachelbel’s famous classic!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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