Piano

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Piano traces the evolution of the instrument and its birth in the 18th century, showing all the main varieties of early piano from the prominent manufacturing houses. Additional close-up and internal photography reveals the developments in construction and 'actions', or mechanisms, of these marvelous antiquities. More specially commissioned photographs illustrate the outer beauty and inner complexity of the modern piano, with spectacular shots of current Steinway and Bosendorfer instruments, while new technology ...
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Overview

Piano traces the evolution of the instrument and its birth in the 18th century, showing all the main varieties of early piano from the prominent manufacturing houses. Additional close-up and internal photography reveals the developments in construction and 'actions', or mechanisms, of these marvelous antiquities. More specially commissioned photographs illustrate the outer beauty and inner complexity of the modern piano, with spectacular shots of current Steinway and Bosendorfer instruments, while new technology examined includes the electric piano as well as more recent developments such as the digital piano. This important new book is an essential purchase for every piano player and every musical instrument enthusiast.

This striking tribute to the piano captures its physical beauty as well as its technical and musical magic, tracing the instrument's 300-year evolution, from its forerunners--the clavichord and harpsichord--to today's electric, electronic, and digital models. Photos and graphics illustrate the piano's broad range of major landmark variations. 200 color photos.

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Here from the publisher of Keyboard magazine are 200 color photos of historic and contemporary pianos, beautifully displayed with informative captions and an accompanying narrative in a sewn binding for a reasonable price. The book serves as a concise history of the piano, a pictorial record of its development (many photos and illustrations reveal design and mechanical details), and a source, through an appendix, for information on specific piano manufacturers. Eight foldout pages may become shabby after heavy use, but even libraries with Domenic Gill's Book of the Piano (Cornell Univ., 1981) and Larry Fine's The Piano Book (Brookside, 1994. 3d ed.) will want to treat themselves to this visually delightful title.-Bonnie Jo Dopp, Long Branch Community Lib., Silver Spring, Md.
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A beautifully illustrated documentation of the piano's 300-year evolution, presenting 200 photos of more than 150 instruments, each of which is thoroughly identified and described. Even a non-musical reader can't help but be entranced by the elaborate workmanship and variety of design exhibited in the photos. The text is thorough, and is enhanced with highlighted features on key historical dates, technical innovations, influential composers and pianists, and outstanding oddities (such as the portable sewing box piano, the table-top pyramid piano, and the Viennese giraffe piano). Special sections on how a piano works and on piano houses, along with a discography, complete this delightful reference. 10x13" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879303723
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 10.19 (w) x 12.92 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Early Stringed Instruments 4
Introduction of the Keys 6
Clavichords, Spinets, Virginals and Harpsichords 8
Cristofori 11
The Second Wave 15
The Rise of the Square Piano 18
The Fall of the Square Piano 20
The Early Portable Piano 22
The Early Viennese Piano 24
The Evolution of the Viennese Piano 26
The Grand Piano in England 28
The Evolution of the Grand Piano 30
From Strength to Strength 32
Pianos and People 35
Upright Grands and Upright Squares 39
The Early Upright Piano 42
The Evolution of the Upright Piano 44
The Great Exhibitions 46
A Period of Consolidation 48
Variations on a Theme 50
The Barrel Piano 52
The Piano Player and Player Piano 54
The Reproducing Piano and Other Automatic Instruments 56
The Modern Grand Piano 59
The Art-Case Piano 63
The Art-Case Piano: Into the Modern Era 66
Keyboard Variations 68
All Shapes and Sizes 70
On the Move 72
The Early Electric Piano 74
From Electric to Electronic 76
Recent Times 78
The Modern Upright Piano 80
20th Century Instruments of Significance 83
How a Piano Works 87
Piano Houses 96
Pianos On Record 104
Glossary 105
Index 108
Acknowledgements 112
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