Before people start flaming me or telling me to read the sticky, let me make it clear that I'm not asking "What's the piano room for?" - I know that everyone so far agrees it's just a toy, although I'm tempted to believe otherwise, partially because of the two details I'm about to ask about.
But I'm wondering whether there's an inside joke or something that I'm missing in the piano room (and if so, could that not be its sole purpose?). First of all, what's up with the H on the piano instead of a B? It's not even where an H would theoretically be - there should be an I there, if anything.
Second thing - in both of the octaves that aren't available to play, it's the same two keys that are fully depressed and the same key missing - E&B, and G#. Inside joke, related to Castlevania or to anything else?
Anybody have any thoughts? As I said, I know the consensus is that the piano room is a red herring, but I've never seen any discussion about these particular aspects of it.
This is one that classical music buffs caught right away. The names of notes vary from language to language; for instance, French just uses "do", "re", and so on instead of letters. In particular, a lot of the classical composers were German, and in that language they use "B" for what we call B flat and "H" for what we call B. This is how Bach was able to spell his own name in his final composition, which he was still working on when he died. (Look up "BACH motif" on Wikipedia for the details.)
Short version: apparently it's a German keyboard. Probably Celia's doing. She conjured up the castle, and "Fortner" is a German name.
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Very informative! Now I have to dig out the CDs from my music courses a few years back... I know there are a couple of pieces on them by Bach!
And I guess that changes our second missing key to H, beyond a doubt. I'm still curious about the fact that it's the same three keys on either side, but having been given a solution to one mystery, I think I'm willing to accept that the arrangement of the missing keys is coincidental.