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Piano Roles: Three Hundred Years of Life with the Piano
     

Piano Roles: Three Hundred Years of Life with the Piano

by James Parakilas, E. Douglas Bomberger, Martha Dennis Burns
 

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ISBN-10: 0300093063

ISBN-13: 9780300093063

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

 The piano puts whole worlds of musical sound at the fingertips of one player, evoking the singing of a solo voice, the textural richness of an orchestra, and the rhythmic impetus of a dance band. It has been background or center stage in concertgoing, parlor singing, choir rehearsals, theatrical tryouts, and many other activities, forging a common bond among

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 The piano puts whole worlds of musical sound at the fingertips of one player, evoking the singing of a solo voice, the textural richness of an orchestra, and the rhythmic impetus of a dance band. It has been background or center stage in concertgoing, parlor singing, choir rehearsals, theatrical tryouts, and many other activities, forging a common bond among people of very different social spheres. This delightfully written and copiously illustrated book examines the place of the piano in classical and popular musical cultures and the piano’s changing cultural roles over the past three centuries.

Eminent authorities discuss the impetus for the invention of the piano; the innovations in its design, manufacturing, and marketing that promoted its growing significance in concert life and domestic life; and the importance of the piano lesson in the upbringing of the young—especially of girls. They explore the relationship between the piano on the public stage and the piano in the parlor; the spread of the piano to all parts of the world; and the images formed around the piano in literature, art, and movies. And they eloquently describe what the piano has meant to different eras, as it evolved from the plaything of European aristocrats to companion of people of all classes and cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093063
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
11700 to 1770s: The Need for the Piano7
2Designing, Making, and Selling Pianos26
31770s to 1820s: The Piano Revolution in the Age of Revolutions64
4The Piano Lesson110
51820s to 1870s: The Piano Calls the Tune150
6The Concert and the Virtuoso184
71870s to 1920s: The World's the Limit224
8Hollywood's Embattled Icon262
91920s to 2000: New Voices from the Old Impersonator288
Afterword: Making the Piano Historical321
Notes327
Recommended Readings363
Contributors369
Index373

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