Paul Barton Plays With Elephants.

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Some people go to great lengths to share their music with an appreciative audience.
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People like Paul Barton.
He played for a specially chosen audience in Thailand.
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This clip shows him playing Beethoven.
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Yes, his audience were elephants.

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The elephant who is standing directly behind the piano, is just about blind.
He seems to stop eating his grass while he quietly listens to the music.
That particular animal became the musician’s favourite.
The poor creature had been previously owned by someone who had cut off his tusks so that he could sell them, and the wounds had become infected.

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The pianist had taken a piano to the mountains of Kanchanaburi.
He had then visited the beautiful sanctuary for old and disabled elephants at ‘Elephants’ World’
These lucky animals were then treated to various pieces of music.

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This next composition was written by Saint-Saens.
It is ‘The Elephant’ taken from ‘The Carnival Of The Animals’.
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The next video shows Paul playing music to his favourite elephant, on a recorder that was fashioned from a piece of PVC piping.
It is obvious that the elephant, which he nicknamed’Saiyok’, is totally engrossed in the music.
I love it when he stands with his trunk in his mouth halfway though.
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Happily his wounds were healed once he reached the sanctuary and received good care and kindness.
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I don’t know how he could bear to leave him!
They seem such friends.
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This is the link to ‘Elephant’s World’ if you wish to find out more.

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PaulBartonPiano’sChannel link.

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And to finish.
This is Paul playing Mozart’s slow movement from Sonata in F …. just for the joy of it!
The background accompaniment is most wonderful.
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