The Cambridge Companion to the Piano

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David Rowland
Cambridge University Press, Nov 19, 1998 - Music - 244 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The piano to c1770
7
Pianos and pianists c1770c1825
22
The piano since c1825
40
The virtuoso tradition
57
Pianists on record in the early twentieth century
75
The acoustics of the piano
96
Repertory
115
Repertory and canon
117
Piano music for concert hall and salon c18301900
151
Nationalism
176
New horizons in the twentieth century
192
Ragtime blues jazz and popular music
209
Glossary
225
Notes
228
Select bibliography
235
Index
238

The music of the early pianists to c1830
135

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