Men, Women, and Pianos: A Social History

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Dover Publications, 1954 - Music - 654 pages
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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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User Review  - Jack Laschenski - Goodreads

Fantastic history of the instrument and its players: mostly middle class women! Read full review

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User 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

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About the author (1954)

American classical pianist and author Arthur Loesser (1894-1969) served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1926-69. He wrote program notes for the Cleveland Orchestra and liner notes for Vladimir Horowitz and other internationally famed musicians.

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