Pianist Faces Jail Over Incessant Practicing
Neighbor says it caused psychological damage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2013 9:48 AM CST
The prized Steinway grand piano appears in Studio A, Monday, April 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Max Ortiz)

(Newser) – Spanish prosecutors want to send a young pianist to jail for more than seven years after a neighbor accused her of causing psychological damage and noise pollution. The plaintiff—identified only as Sonia B.—claims she suffered from noise contamination between 2003 and 2007 owing to the five-days-a-week, eight-hour practice sessions by Laia Martin, who lived below her in the northeastern town of Puigcerda. Martin, 27, now a professional concert pianist, denies that she played at home that often, saying she took regular classes in other towns.

El Pais newspaper reports Sonia B. told the court yesterday she now hated pianos and eventually moved from the house after suffering from what Sky News reports were sleep issues, nervousness, anxiety, and panic attacks. A Catalonia Justice Tribunal spokeswoman says the trial continued today and ends Friday.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 12, 2013 9:31 PM CST
Church I used to attend had large hasp locks on the pianos in the Bible study rooms. Well, some churches call them, "technical Biblical studies assembly space." You know, the church that doesn't have a pastor but instead has "Senior disseminator of Biblical theory and pastoral flock management." The sanctuary had a large etched sign at the entrances indicating, "primary theological education chamber of Biblical study and evangelical worship experiences." But my favorite to this day are the churches that don't have ministers of music but instead are called, "senior leader of the worship arts and the technical musical experience." So my church locked up the pianos. Else wise you would walk down a corridor and hear someone banging out a horrible rendition of, "Smoke on the water."
SPHeroid
Nov 12, 2013 6:27 PM CST
Four years of eight hours a day practice and now she hates the piano.... There's a lesson here but I don't know what it is.......
Becuzican
Nov 12, 2013 5:31 PM CST
Amazing she put up with it for so long. Playing the piano eight hours a day anywhere but a practice studio should be a capital crime.