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Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial
by Kirstine Moffat

ISBN: 9781877372797
PUBLISHER: Otago University Press
FORMAT: Paperback

PUBLICATION DATE: 1.04.2012
DIMENSIONS: 150mmX210mmX23mm 362grams

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Piano Forte focuses on the era in which the piano became of central significance in the private, social and cultural lives of many New Zealanders. It is a book composed of many voices, being based on memoirs, diaries, letters, concert programmes, company records and other accounts. The stories begin in 1827, with the arrival of what was probably the first piano to be brought to New Zealand, and end in 1930, when the increasing popularity of the phonograph, the radio and the introduction of talkie movies were beginning to have a profound impact on people's leisure activities. Initially, the piano was a stranger in this land, a European musical instrument that introduced Maori to a new sound world and which provided European settlers with a reassuring sense of 'home'. For both, it offered opportunities for social and cultural activities, and, as time went by, a possible career. By the end of the period, the piano, too, had thoroughly settled in, no longer a stranger but a loved, essential part of New Zealand society. A selection of historical sketches, paintings and photographs of the piano in many contexts is included as a visual essay on piano soundscapes.

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