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The Cambridge Companion to the Piano

The Cambridge Companion to the Piano

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David Rowland, Kenneth Hamilton, Robert Philip, Bernard Richardson, Dorothy de Val, Cyril Ehrlich, J. Barrie Jones, Mervyn Cooke, Brian Priestley
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  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521479868

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  • The Cambridge Companion to the Piano is an informative and practical guide to one of the world's most popular instruments. 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. Part 2 explores the varied repertory, up to 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.

    • Offers an accessible introduction to the world's most popular instrument
    • Specially-commissioned essays by experts and performers
    • Perfect for students, their teachers, enthusiasts and general music lovers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a well-tuned set of illustrated essays on the history of the instrument, its performance, and its repertory." Carlin Romano, The Philadelphia Inquirer

    "Highly recommended for general readership and undergraduate collections." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521479868
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus. 37 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of music examples
    Notes on the contributors
    Bibliographical abbreviations and pitch notation
    Introduction David Rowland
    Part I. Pianos and Pianists:
    1. The piano to c.1770 David Rowland
    2. Pianos and pianists c.1770–c.1825 David Rowland
    3. The piano since c.1825 David Rowland
    4: The virtuoso tradition Kenneth Hamilton
    5: Pianists on record in the early twentieth century Robert Philip
    6. The acoustics of the piano Bernard Richardson
    Part II. Repertory:
    7. Repertory and canon Dorothy 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.1830–1900 J. Barrie Jones
    10. Nationalism J. Barrie Jones
    11. New horizons in the twentieth century Mervyn Cooke
    12. Ragtime, blues, jazz and popular music Brian Priestley
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  • Editor

    David Rowland, The Open University, Milton Keynes


    David Rowland, Kenneth Hamilton, Robert Philip, Bernard Richardson, Dorothy de Val, Cyril Ehrlich, J. Barrie Jones, Mervyn Cooke, Brian Priestley

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