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Piano: Evolution, Design and Performance

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Book News Annotation:

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"
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Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780879303723
Subtitle:
A Photographic History of the World's Most Celebrated Instrument
Author:
Crombie, David
Author:
Crombie
Publisher:
Backbeat Books
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Piano
Subject:
Piano makers
Subject:
Musical Instruments / Piano & Keyboard
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
19950928
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
12.92x10.19x.87 in. 2.41 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Piano Instruction
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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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