Men, Women, and Pianos: A Social History
As the "social anchor" in middle-class homes of the 19th century, the piano was simultaneously an elegant piece of drawing-room furniture, a sign of bourgeois prosperity and a mean of introducing the young to music and entertaining their elders. In the admirably balanced and leisurely account of the popular instrument, the late, internationally known concert pianist Arthur Loesser takes a "piano's-eye view" of the recent social history of Western Europe and the United States.
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Review: Men, Women and Pianos: A Social HistoryUser Review - Jack Laschenski - Goodreads
Fantastic history of the instrument and its players: mostly middle class women! Read full review
Review: Men, Women and Pianos: A Social HistoryUser Review - Eugene Lee - Goodreads
Phew! What an amazing amount of detailed information - an impressive tour de force of research, although a lot of it was skimmable/skippable. Read full review