Mitchel Resnick, from MIT Media Laboratory, notes the differences between pianos and stereos. Stereos are easy to play and provide immediate gratification. Pianos, on the other hand, require more time and effort to enjoy, but ultimately give a much richer experience as a means of creating music.
I would argue that in many cases though, unless they are actually composing their own music, pianists are essentially playing back a musical piece created by someone else, although I'm sure the physical interaction with the keys does provide a deeper connection with the music.
Daniel H. Lee
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