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" Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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Here from the publisher of Keyboard magazine are 200 color photos of historic and contemporary pianos, beautifully displayed with informative captions and an accompanying narrative in a sewn binding for a reasonable price. The book serves as a concise history of the piano, a pictorial record of its development (many photos and illustrations reveal design and mechanical details), and a source, through an appendix, for information on specific piano manufacturers. Eight foldout pages may become shabby after heavy use, but even libraries with Domenic Gill's Book of the Piano (Cornell Univ., 1981) and Larry Fine's The Piano Book (Brookside, 1994. 3d ed.) will want to treat themselves to this visually delightful title.?Bonnie Jo Dopp, Long Branch Community Lib., Silver Spring, Md.
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This photographic history of the piano presents stunning views of over 150 pianos, using these to trace the evolution and history of the instrument and its manufacturers. Piano players and those absorbing the history of the instrument will find these photographic embellishments fine tools for understanding the piano's changing appearance and purposes. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description Backbeat Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110879303727
Book Description Backbeat Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0879303727