Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History

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An internationally renowned pianist presents a delightful "piano's-eye view" of Western European and American social history from the 16th through 20th centuries. With wit and erudition, Loesser traces the history of the instrument's design and manufacture and its music, from the clavichord and harpsichord to the modern spinet and concert grand.

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Overview

An internationally renowned pianist presents a delightful "piano's-eye view" of Western European and American social history from the 16th through 20th centuries. With wit and erudition, Loesser traces the history of the instrument's design and manufacture and its music, from the clavichord and harpsichord to the modern spinet and concert grand.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486265438
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/17/2011
  • Series: Dover Books on Music Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 750,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    Best of Breed

    A witty, comprehensive history of piano development set within the framework of European and U.S. social history. Loesser traces the development of the piano as the leadership & innovation shifts from Italy to Germany, England, France, and finally the United States, describing the role of the piano in the various societies. This is a brilliant book written by a man with specific knowledge of the many facets of piano history combined with a masterful grasp of general history. The ease with which he covers his subject enables Loesser to put forth a number of thought-provoking observations and conclusions. Each reader will, of course, draw his or her own conclusions, but Loesser's style manages to educate and stimulate in a manner that entertains. If you read only one book on the history of the piano, this should be the one.

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