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News.com.au: 'Piano man' mystery plays on
May 29, 2005
THE mysteriously mute piano virtuoso found wandering on an English beach last month could be a Czech classical musician who once played in a rock band, a drummer in the combo has been quoted as saying.
Klaudius Kryspin said he immediately recognised the man as Thomas Strnad, even though it had been many years since they played together in a tribute band called Ropotamo.
Mr Kryspin, who has not seen Mr Strnad in nine years, said his old band mate had trained as a classical musician, and that his "first love was always Chopin, Mozart and Liszt".
He added that Mr Strnad did not appear to get along with his family, and three years ago was going around asking for money to buy bread.
He said he immediately recognised Mr Strnad from a photo he saw on the internet, and that "he still looks like the same guy I knew back then".
"The only things that are different are his hair colour and his sad face. He looks like a broken man."
The mysteriously mute piano virtuoso found wandering on an English beach last month was a Czech classical musician who once played in a rock band, the band's drummer was quoted as saying.
Klaudius Kryspin said he immediately recognised the man as Thomas Strnad, even though it has been many years since they played together in a tribute band called Ropotamo.
"When I saw the picture in the newspapers, I knew it was Thomas," Kryspin told the Mail on Sunday newspaper in Prague.
Officials caring for the so-called "piano man" at Little Brook Hospital at Dartford in south-eastern England said they had informed the police missing persons bureau about the claim.
BBC: 'I'm not Piano Man', says Czech
A theory that the so-called Piano Man could be Czech musician Tomas Strnad has been discounted - as Mr Strnad has been interviewed on Czech TV.
Mr Strand lives in Prague and has never been to England.
He told Czech TV: "I want to set the record straight, so that the world is not deceived any longer.
"It is someone else, not me."
Plot Summary for
Ladies in Lavender (2004)
Two aging spinster sisters have their peaceable Cornwall existence disrupted in 1936 when they take a young Polish violinist into their care. After a particularly violent storm, Ursula and Janet Widington awake to find young man Andrea half-drowned and badly injured on the beach. They slowly discover that he is a Polish Jew with a gift for music as an accomplished violinist, hoping to find his way to America. But the village isn't used to visitors and everyone, with the exception of the sisters, is full of suspicions, especially when Andrea develops a friendship with a beautiful Russian woman vacationing nearby. Eventually, the two must make a choice between trying to keep their new charge for themselves or setting him free in the world.
Summary written by Sujit R. Varma
Ursula (Judi Dench) and Janet (Maggie Smith) are two sisters living in a quaint Cornish village in the 1930's. When a young man named Andrea (Daniel Brühl) washes up on the beach just outside their seaside cottage one night, the two sisters set about nursing the stranger back to health, with help from the local doctor (David Warner). As the siblings discover more and more about the foreigner, Ursula unexpectedly develops an attraction towards him, even as he forges a relationship of his own with a fellow newcomer to the village, a gifted Russian artist called Olga (Natasha McElhone).
Summary written by Extraordinary Machine