“Le piano, comme l’argent, n’est pas agréable qu’à celui qui en touche.”

English translation: \"[Playing] Piano is like money - it\'s pleasurable only if you can get your hands on it\"

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French term or phrase:“Le piano, comme l’argent, n’est agréable qu’à celui qui en touche.”
English translation:\"[Playing] Piano is like money - it\'s pleasurable only if you can get your hands on it\"
Entered by: Daryo

21:37 Apr 10, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Music / Erik Satie, eccentric as always
French term or phrase: “Le piano, comme l’argent, n’est pas agréable qu’à celui qui en touche.”
Sorry about the lack of diacritical markings -- my German-speaking computer doesn't always play along. This is Erik Satie being his usual sardonic self. I read it more or less as: The piano, like money, is only fun for the person who's handling it. But French is so absolutely NOT one of my languages....! and Satie has stumped me often enough. I'll be grateful for correction! Best wishes from Nina in Zürich.
NinaCH
Switzerland
"[Playing] Piano is like money - it's pleasurable only if you can get your hands on it"
Explanation:
This would make sense from the viewpoint of someone who enjoyed playing piano.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Satie

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3 +2"[Playing] Piano is like money - it's pleasurable only if you can get your hands on it"
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“Le piano, comme l’argent, n’est agréable qu’à celui qui en touche.”
"[Playing] Piano is like money - it's pleasurable only if you can get your hands on it"


Explanation:
This would make sense from the viewpoint of someone who enjoyed playing piano.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Satie

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Note added at 11 hrs (2018-04-11 08:51:04 GMT)
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http://matierevolution.fr/spip.php?article4091


Daryo
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:29
Native speaker of: Native in SerbianSerbian, Native in FrenchFrench
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Many thanks to all for an interesting discussion!

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