The Cambridge Companion to the Piano (Cambridge Companions to Music)

The Cambridge Companion to the Piano (Cambridge Companions to Music)

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Cambridge University Press, 1998-11-19
EAN 9780521479868, ISBN10: 052147986X

Hardcover, 260 pages, 24.7 x 23.9 x 17 cm

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.

'Insight brought to the byways of nineteenth-century drawing-room life is one of the pleasures of dipping into this guide of the piano and its history ...'. Times Literary Supplement