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The Cambridge companion to the piano
Rowland, David (David E.), 1957-
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xiv, 244 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
The piano to c.1770 / David Rowland -- Pianos and pianists c.1770-c.1825 / David Rowland -- The piano since c.1825 / David Rowland -- The virtuoso tradition / Kenneth Hamilton -- Pianists on record in the early twentieth century / Robert Philip -- The acoustics of the piano / Bernard Richardson -- Repertory and canon / Dorothy de Val and Cyril Ehrlich -- The music of the early pianists (to c.1830) / David Rowland -- Piano music for concert hall and salon c.1830-1900 / J. Barrie Jones -- Nationalism / J. Barrie Jones -- New horizons in the twentieth century / Mervyn Cooke -- Ragtime, blues, jazz and popular music / Brian Priestley.
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Central Library ML650 .C3 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This collection of specially commissioned essays offers an accessible introduction to the history of the piano, performance styles, and its vast repertoire. Part 1 reviews the evolution of the piano, from its earliest forms up to the most recent developments, including the acoustics of the instrument. Part 2 explores the varied repertory in its social and stylistic contexts, including contemporary music, with a final chapter on jazz, blues and ragtime. The Companion also contains a glossary of important terms and will be a valuable source for the piano performer, student and enthusiast.

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Cambridge University Press commissioned this collection of authoritative essays to provide "an informative and practical guide to one of the world's most popular instruments." Each of the 12 essays is authored by a distinguished British scholar and covers one topic in the history and evolution of the piano structure, its literature--ranging from works of the classic period through jazz, blues, and 20th-century pieces--or its performers and performance practices. Aided by many iconographic figures of historic pianos and piano actions and musical snippets from the literature, the reader starts in the 18th-century Florence of Bartolomeo Cristofori, who invented the mechanism that made the piano possible, and progresses logically through the development of the piano, its music, and its performers. Detailed and yet accessible to a general readership, the essays provide a good overview and could serve as supplementary reading for an introductory-level course on piano literature. The glossary defines key terms, and the endnotes and bibliography give numerous references to other works that will amplify the reader's understanding. Highly recommended for general readership and undergraduate collections. D. L. Patterson University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of music examples
Notes on the contributors
Bibliographical abbreviations and pitch notation
IntroductionDavid Rowland
Part I Pianos and Pianists
1 The piano to c.1770David Rowland
2 Pianos and pianists c.1770 c.1825David Rowland
3 The piano since c.1825David Rowland
4 The virtuoso traditionKenneth Hamilton
5 Pianists on record in the early twentieth centuryRobert Philip
6 The acoustics of the pianoBernard Richardson
Part II Repertory
7 Repertory and canonDorothy de Val and Cyril Ehrlich
8 The music of the early pianists (to c.1830)David Rowland
9 Piano music for concert hall and salon c.1830 1900J. Barrie Jones
10 NationalismJ. Barrie Jones
11 New horizons in the twentieth centuryMervyn Cooke
12 Ragtime, blues, jazz and popular musicBrian Priestley
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