A Natural History of the Piano

With this wide-ranging volume, Isacoff gives us a must-have for music lovers, pianists, and the armchair musician.

Author: Stuart Isacoff

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307701425

Category: Music

Page: 384

View: 565

A beautifully illustrated, totally engrossing celebration of the piano, and the composers and performers who have made it their own. With honed sensitivity and unquestioned expertise, Stuart Isacoff—pianist, critic, teacher, and author of Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization—unfolds the ongoing history and evolution of the piano and all its myriad wonders: how its very sound provides the basis for emotional expression and individual style, and why it has so powerfully entertained generation upon generation of listeners. He illuminates the groundbreaking music of Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, and Debussy. He analyzes the breathtaking techniques of Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Arthur Rubinstein, and Van Cliburn, and he gives musicians including Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, and Vladimir Horowitz the opportunity to discuss their approaches. Isacoff delineates how classical music and jazz influenced each other as the uniquely American art form progressed from ragtime, novelty, stride, boogie, bebop, and beyond, through Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor, and Bill Charlap. A Natural History of the Piano distills a lifetime of research and passion into one brilliant narrative. We witness Mozart unveiling his monumental concertos in Vienna’s coffeehouses, using a special piano with one keyboard for the hands and another for the feet; European virtuoso Henri Herz entertaining rowdy miners during the California gold rush; Beethoven at his piano, conjuring healing angels to console a grieving mother who had lost her child; Liszt fainting in the arms of a page turner to spark an entire hall into hysterics. Here is the instrument in all its complexity and beauty. We learn of the incredible craftsmanship of a modern Steinway, the peculiarity of specialty pianos built for the Victorian household, the continuing innovation in keyboards including electronic ones. And most of all, we hear the music of the masters, from centuries ago and in our own age, brilliantly evoked and as marvelous as its most recent performance. With this wide-ranging volume, Isacoff gives us a must-have for music lovers, pianists, and the armchair musician.

Piano the Instrument

Referencing literature on every aspect of the piano, this annotated bibliography will cut down on research time for scholars and students, directing them to the most relevant and useful sources.

Author: Michiko Ishiyama Wolcott

Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 246

View: 288

Referencing literature on every aspect of the piano, this annotated bibliography will cut down on research time for scholars and students, directing them to the most relevant and useful sources.

Physics of the Piano

The primary goal of this book is to investigate these questions for the piano.

Author: Nicholas J. Giordano

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199546029

Category: Mathematics

Page: 170

View: 342

A central quest in the study of musical instruments is to understand why the sound of the 'same' note depends greatly on the instrument, and to elucidate which aspects of an instrument are most critical in producing the musical tones characteristic of the instrument. The primary goal of this book is to investigate these questions for the piano.

The Piano in Nineteenth Century British Culture

The eleven chapters in this volume explore major issues surrounding the instrument, its performers and music within an expanded geographical context created by the spread of the instrument and the growth of concert touring.

Author: Susan Wollenberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351541560

Category: Music

Page: 296

View: 681

Since the publication of The London Pianoforte School (ed. Nicholas Temperley) twenty years ago, research has proliferated in the area of music for the piano during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and into developments in the musical life of London, for a time the centre of piano manufacturing, publishing and performance. But none has focused on the piano exclusively within Britain. The eleven chapters in this volume explore major issues surrounding the instrument, its performers and music within an expanded geographical context created by the spread of the instrument and the growth of concert touring. Topics covered include: the piano trade and how piano manufacturing affected a major provincial town; the reception of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and Clementi's Gradus ad Parnassum during the nineteenth century; the shift from composer-pianists to pianist-interpreters in the first half of the century that triggered crucial changes in piano performance and concert structure; the growth of musical life in the peripheries outside major musical centres; the pianist as advocate for contemporary composers as well as for historical repertory; the status of British pianists both in relation to foreigners on tour in Britain and as welcomed star performers in outposts of the Empire; marketing forces that had an impact on piano sales, concerts and piano careers; leading virtuosos, writers and critics; the important role played by women pianists and the development of the recording industry, bringing the volume into the early twentieth century.

Chopin s Piano In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music

In scintillating prose, and with an eye for exquisite detail, Paul Kildea beautifully interweaves these narratives, which comprise a journey through musical Romanticism—one that illuminates how art is transmitted, interpreted, and ...

Author: Paul Kildea

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393652238

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 145

The captivating story of Frédéric Chopin and the fate of both his Mallorquin piano and musical Romanticism from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. In November 1838, Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognized as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism: his twenty-four Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island (these were still early days in the evolution of the modern instrument), so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, Juan Bauza, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left. Chopin’s Piano traces the history of Chopin’s twenty-four Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them, and the traditions they came to represent. Yet it begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which assumed an astonishing cultural potency during the Second World War as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own. After Chopin, the unexpected hero of Chopin’s Piano is the great keyboard player Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913, and who would later become one of the most influential artistic figures of the twentieth century. Paul Kildea shows how her story—a compelling account based for the first time on her private papers—resonates with Chopin’s, simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of mid-twentieth century Europe and the United States. After Landowska’s flight to America from Paris, which the Germans would occupy only days later, her possessions—including her rare music manuscripts and beloved keyboards—were seized by the Nazis. Only some of these belongings survived the war; those that did were recovered by the Allied armies’ Monuments Men and restituted to Landowska’s house in France. In scintillating prose, and with an eye for exquisite detail, Kildea beautifully interweaves these narratives, which comprise a journey through musical Romanticism—one that illuminates how art is transmitted, interpreted, and appropriated between generations.

The World of Pianos

Author: Berenice Küpper

Publisher:

ISBN: 9783875849936

Category: Music

Page: 143

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The Music of Life

Presents the life of the inventor of the piano, explaining why, how, and when he created the musical instrument.

Author: Elizabeth Rusch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481444840

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 953

Presents the life of the inventor of the piano, explaining why, how, and when he created the musical instrument.

A Natural History of the Piano

And most of all, we hear the music of the masters, from centuries ago and in our own age, as brilliantly evoked as its most recent performance. This wide-ranging volume is an essential for music lovers, pianists, and the armchair musician.

Author: Stuart Isacoff

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780285642379

Category: Pianists

Page: 382

View: 335

Stuart Isacoff explores the history and evolution of the piano: how its sound provides the basis for emotional expression and individual style and why it has so powerfully entertained generation upon generation of listeners.

Harpsichord Clavichord Fortepiano

This book looks at the history of the three types of stringed keyboard instrument that dominated Western music from the sixteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century.The Virginal, which provided the musical accompaniment to the ...

Author: Derek Adlam

Publisher: Shire Publications

ISBN: 9780747807162

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 56

View: 214

This book looks at the history of the three types of stringed keyboard instrument that dominated Western music from the sixteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century.The Virginal, which provided the musical accompaniment to the reign of Elizabeth 1st, was part of the family that also included the harpsichord, which was the concert keyboard for over two hundred years, and its smaller cousin the spinet, which could be found in ladies' chambers across Europe. But not every polite lady owned a spinet - for some this instrument, with its plucked strings, was altogether too harsh -and the clavichord, which used flexible quills to stroke the strings, was much a much gentler option. In the latter part of the eighteenth century a new type of keyboard began to sweep all of these instruments into history: the fortepiano, the forerunner of the piano. This instrument used hammers to strike the strings, giving the possibility, for the first time, of real dynamic contrast.

Piano

Check out this awesome Piano Log Book for Pianists. If you own a Piano or just love playing musical instruments like organs, then this is the journal for you.This journal contains only blank, ruled lined pages.

Author: Pianist Gifts

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781722983574

Category:

Page: 110

View: 830

Check out this awesome Piano Log Book for Pianists. If you own a Piano or just love playing musical instruments like organs, then this is the journal for you. This journal contains only blank, ruled lined pages.

Piano Keyboard Music Teacher Instrument Pianist

This birthday present is for music teachers and musicians who love playing piano or keyboard. This funny gift is for pianists who loves music instruments. journal white paper 120 pages matte cover soft cover (paperback)

Author: Maximilian Armbruster

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 121

View: 993

This birthday present is for music teachers and musicians who love playing piano or keyboard. This funny gift is for pianists who loves music instruments. journal white paper 120 pages matte cover soft cover (paperback)

The Romance of the Piano Piano Music and Makers

Home Farm Books are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Author: Eric Blom

Publisher: Home Farm Books

ISBN: 1443737933

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 385

Originally published in 1928. A detailed history of the piano, its mechanism, its makes and its makers. Contents Include - Remote Ancestry - The Coming of the Keyboard - First Stringed Keyboard Instruments - The Harpsichord Family - Early Keyboard Music - Revival of Clavichord and Birth of Piano - Changes and Improvements - Surviving makes of the Eighteenth Century - The First Real Piano Music - The Upright Piano-Last Improvements - Some Famous British Makes - Some Famous Foreign Makes - The Genealogy of the Piano - Bibliography Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

A Checklist of Pianos

Author: Haags Gemeentemuseum. Muziekafdeling

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Mechanical musical instruments

Page: 119

View: 182


Old MacDonald Had a Farm for Piano and F Instrument Pure Sheet Music By Lars Christian Lundholm

This can be used as lead sheet as it includes chords for easy accompaniment Sheet Music for F Instrument accompanied by Piano arranged by Lars Christian Lundholm.

Author: Lars Christian Lundholm

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1326301500

Category: Art

Page:

View: 172

This traditional children's song dates back to at least the late 1890's. It has been translated into many languages and is also known in English as Old Missouri Had a Mule, The Farmyard, The Merry Green Fields and Old Macdougal Had a Farm. This can be used as lead sheet as it includes chords for easy accompaniment Sheet Music for F Instrument accompanied by Piano arranged by Lars Christian Lundholm. Old MacDonald Had a Farm is also known by alternative title: Old Missouri Had a Mule, The Farmyard, The Merry Green Fields and Old Macdougal Had a Farm, ??????, ???????, ??? ???, ???? ??? ????? ????, Nella vecchia fattoria, En la granja de Pepito, Na quinta do tio Manel, Seu Lobato tinha um s韙io, O velho McDonald tinha. - Instrumentation: Piano and F Instrument - Level: Medium - Score Type: Score and 1 Part - Tempo: Fast - Genre: Childrens Music - Composer: Anonymous - Year Composed: 1890 - Pages (approximate): 7

Old MacDonald Had a Farm for Piano and C Instrument Pure Sheet Music By Lars Christian Lundholm

This can be used as lead sheet as it includes chords for easy accompaniment Sheet Music for C Instrument accompanied by Piano arranged by Lars Christian Lundholm.

Author: Lars Christian Lundholm

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1326301241

Category: Art

Page:

View: 182

This traditional children's song dates back to at least the late 1890's. It has been translated into many languages and is also known in English as Old Missouri Had a Mule, The Farmyard, The Merry Green Fields and Old Macdougal Had a Farm. This can be used as lead sheet as it includes chords for easy accompaniment Sheet Music for C Instrument accompanied by Piano arranged by Lars Christian Lundholm. Old MacDonald Had a Farm is also known by alternative title: Old Missouri Had a Mule, The Farmyard, The Merry Green Fields and Old Macdougal Had a Farm, ??????, ???????, ??? ???, ???? ??? ????? ????, Nella vecchia fattoria, En la granja de Pepito, Na quinta do tio Manel, Seu Lobato tinha um s韙io, O velho McDonald tinha. - Instrumentation: Piano and C Instrument - Level: Medium - Score Type: Score and 1 Part - Tempo: Fast - Genre: Childrens Music - Composer: Anonymous - Year Composed: 1890 - Pages (approximate): 7

Instrument of Pleasure

The story of a femme du monde with a world of wicked experiences to share.

Author: Alexis Lykiard

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780352316165

Category:

Page: 171

View: 768


Old MacDonald Had a Farm for Piano and Eb Instrument Pure Sheet Music By Lars Christian Lundholm

This can be used as lead sheet as it includes chords for easy accompaniment Sheet Music for Eb Instrument accompanied by Piano arranged by Lars Christian Lundholm.

Author: Lars Christian Lundholm

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1326301489

Category: Art

Page:

View: 245

This traditional children's song dates back to at least the late 1890's. It has been translated into many languages and is also known in English as Old Missouri Had a Mule, The Farmyard, The Merry Green Fields and Old Macdougal Had a Farm. This can be used as lead sheet as it includes chords for easy accompaniment Sheet Music for Eb Instrument accompanied by Piano arranged by Lars Christian Lundholm. Old MacDonald Had a Farm is also known by alternative title: Old Missouri Had a Mule, The Farmyard, The Merry Green Fields and Old Macdougal Had a Farm, ??????, ???????, ??? ???, ???? ??? ????? ????, Nella vecchia fattoria, En la granja de Pepito, Na quinta do tio Manel, Seu Lobato tinha um s韙io, O velho McDonald tinha. - Instrumentation: Piano and Eb Instrument - Level: Medium - Score Type: Score and 1 Part - Tempo: Fast - Genre: Childrens Music - Composer: Anonymous - Year Composed: 1890 - Pages (approximate): 7

Musical Acoustics

Author: Earle Lewis Kent

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780879332457

Category: Music

Page: 367

View: 246


Piano Organ Musical Instrument Workers Official Journal

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Labor unions

Page:

View: 804


Piano Notes

Charles Rosen is one of the world's most talented pianists -- and one of music's most astute commentators.

Author: Charles Rosen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439135223

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 918

Charles Rosen is one of the world's most talented pianists -- and one of music's most astute commentators. Known as a performer of Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Elliott Carter, he has also written highly acclaimed criticism for sophisticated students and professionals. In Piano Notes, he writes for a broader audience about an old friend -- the piano itself. Drawing upon a lifetime of wisdom and the accumulated lore of many great performers of the past, Rosen shows why the instrument demands such a stark combination of mental and physical prowess. Readers will gather many little-known insights -- from how pianists vary their posture, to how splicings and microphone placements can ruin recordings, to how the history of composition was dominated by the piano for two centuries. Stories of many great musicians abound. Rosen reveals Nadia Boulanger's favorite way to avoid commenting on the performances of her friends ("You know what I think," spoken with utmost earnestness), why Glenn Gould's recordings suffer from "double-strike" touches, and how even Vladimir Horowitz became enamored of splicing multiple performances into a single recording. Rosen's explanation of the piano's physical pleasures, demands, and discontents will delight and instruct anyone who has ever sat at a keyboard, as well as everyone who loves to listen to the instrument. In the end, he strikes a contemplative note. Western music was built around the piano from the classical era until recently, and for a good part of that time the instrument was an essential acquisition for every middle-class household. Music making was part of the fabric of social life. Yet those days have ended. Fewer people learn the instrument today. The rise of recorded music has homogenized performance styles and greatly reduced the frequency of public concerts. Music will undoubtedly survive, but will the supremely physical experience of playing the piano ever be the same?