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Author Ehrlich, Cyril.

Title The piano : a history / Cyril Ehrlich.

Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  786.21909 EHRL  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Edition Rev. ed.
Physical description 254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 226-233) and index.
Contents 2 Victorian Piano 27 -- 3 Steinway and the New Technology 47 -- 4 Emergence of Germany 68 -- 5 British Market, 1880-1914 88 -- 6 France 108 -- 7 United States 128 -- 8 English Industry, 1870-1914 143 -- 9 English Piano Goes to War 159 -- 10 Between the Wars 176 -- Appendix I A List of Piano Makers since 1851 203 -- Appendix II Estimates of Production 222 -- Appendix III Exotica 223.
Summary For more than a century the piano occupied a dominant place in music and society. The most versatile of instruments, it was also a chief focus of domestic entertainment and musical education and, not least, a coveted possession which symbolized social emulation and achievement.
Based on exhaustive research in international archives this definitive and highly acclaimed history of the piano examines its technical and musical background, dealing at the same time with its social and economic importance--including the role designated for it by the Victorians of 'household orchestra and god' and 'highly respectableising instrument'.
Professor Ehrlich traces fascinating links between music, technology, business and society, ranging from forte-pianos to pianolas, Mozart to ragtime and International Exhibitions to the Australian outback. His protagonists include barnstorming virtuosi, fashionable ladies and aspiring clerks, the great makers and the back-street 'garret-masters', distinguished musicians and hire-purchase touts. He explains the revolution in industry and commerce which enabled pianos, once luxury goods, to be mass produced and which allowed the leadership of the industry to pass from England and France to America and Germany. The final chapter describes the rise of Japanese manufacture--much earlier than is generally appreciated.
Originally published in 1976 by J.M. Dent, this book has now been updated and revised by the author in the light of developments of recent years.
Subject Piano -- History.
ISBN 0198161719 (paperback)