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Piano, the instrument : an annotated bibliography
Wolcott, Michiko Ishiyama, 1969-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
x, 246 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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ML128.P3 W65 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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Entries are organized into six sections by topic: the first section lists works containing general information, including but not limited to, books and articles covering a wide range of topics, introductory materials, and serial titles. The second section covers the history on piano and is arranged by country. The section on builders and manufacturers is arranged by name of builder or manufacturer. The sections on construction and maintenance are arranged by parts of the piano. The section on miscellaneous subjects includes catalogs for collections of instruments, works about pedal pianos, pianos associated with composers, selection and purchase, works intended for younger readers, and works about other miscellaneous topics not included above. Readers are referred to the subject index for further cross-referencing. 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. No music library should be without it.

Author Notes

Michiko Ishiama Wolcott, winner of many awards and honors, including the prestigious Presser Scholarship, has performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Florida State University Symphony, as a soloist and a chamber musician.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Wolcott holds three master's degrees (piano performance, music theory, and statistics) and a doctorate in piano performance. While she works as a statistical analyst, she maintains an award-winning performing career as both a soloist and a chamber musician. A comprehensive, highly organized research aid that belongs in every music library, Wolcott's book is a huge, detailed compilation offering 822 entries about the piano. All the books, articles, pamphlets, and catalogs included were originally written in English, published before the year 2000, and examined firsthand. The column is divided into six sections. The "General Information" section consists of materials devoted to a broad range of issues. "History" is organized by country, while "Builders and Manufacturers" is organized alphabetically according to the company name. "Construction and Design," "Maintenance and Repair," and "Miscellaneous" complete the major subject headings. Subject, title, and author indexes are included, and entries are cross-referenced. Recommended for schools of music, and academic and public libraries with large music collections. - Cleo Pappas, Lisle Lib. Dist., IL. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A welcome addition to reference collections, this carefully selected and annotated bibliography about the piano as an instrument cites books, dissertations and theses, articles within books, journal articles, descriptive catalogs and exhibition catalogs, but excludes material on compositions written for the piano and piano pedagogy--subjects that have been treated elsewhere. The "General" section is followed by "History," subdivided by country (with citations to the history of early pianos in Britain, foreign influences on the French 18th-century piano, the piano as a cultural symbol in Poland); a detailed, extensive section on specific piano builders and manufacturers; a section on piano construction and design, treating every part of piano anatomy (construction, acoustics, action, case and frame, dampers, hammers, keys, pedals, soundboard). Tantalizing entries cite "string harmonicity," "the dispersion of waves," and "hammer tone regulation." Nonspecialists will find much of interest here; e.g., "What Pianists Should Know about Pianos," "Piano Care, Sense and Nonsense." A section on maintenance and repair, useful for both generalists and specialists, cites articles about the restoration of pianos. The "Miscellaneous" section treats the pianos of specific composers, juvenile literature, and the selection and purchase of pianos. Numbered entries facilitate cross-referencing. Wolcott's work will have broad general appeal and can be used at many levels and afforded by most collections. For pianists, dealers, piano technicians, researchers, and historians. L. E. Jorbin Cleveland State University