The Piano

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A young student was visiting the Beethoven museum in Bonn and was fascinated by the piano upon which Beethoven had composed some of his greatest works. Taking her courage in her hand, she asked a guard if she might be permitted to play a few bars on it. As the request was accompanied by a lavish tip, the fellow agreed.

The girl seated herself at the keyboard and produced the opening bars of the "Moonlight" Sonata.

As she was leaving she remarked,

"I suppose all the great pianists who come here want to play on that piano."

The guard shook his head and looked serious.

"No," said he, "In fact, Paderewski was here once and said that he wasn't worthy to touch it ..."