Apres un reve (Opus 7 No.1) Gabriel Faure
5 June 2013, 11:11
He might like Mahler, but learning Mozart's music poses more of a challenge for the piano-playing comedian and actor.
Lenny Henry is well-known for his down-to-earth standup comedy and his raw acting talent, but it seems the star has met his match in the music of Mozart. Ahead of his grade five piano exam, the comedian explained the struggles he faces as he practises the music.
In an interview with the Guardian, Lenny cited Stevie Wonder, Prince and Mahler among the artists he most admires, but was less complimentary about the great composer from the Classical era: "Mozart is a complete b******," he said. "Learning his music is like trying to do maths with your hands tied behind your back, standing on your head, balancing on a unicycle."
This isn't the first time the star has struggled with his piano practice. Speaking on the Classic FM Interview in October 2012, he likened sight-reading to learning Japanese… and riding a unicycle. Perhaps an alternative mode of transport is in order, Mr Henry?