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The Resource A coveted possession : the rise and fall of the piano in Australia, Michael Atherton

A coveted possession : the rise and fall of the piano in Australia, Michael Atherton

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A coveted possession : the rise and fall of the piano in Australia
Title
A coveted possession
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the rise and fall of the piano in Australia
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Michael Atherton
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Language
eng
Summary
From the arrival of a square piano at Sydney Cove in 1788 to the resurrection of derelict heirloom pianos in the streets of twenty-first century Melbourne, A Coveted Possession tells the curious story of Australia's intimate and intrepid relationship with the piano. It's an insightful, beautifully illustrated multi-stranded cultural history that reveals the material, social and political worlds in which the ivories were tinkled, the shifting aspirations embodied by this instrument and the way it came to fulfil powerful social, educational and spiritual needs. Before electricity brought us the gramophone, the radio and eventually the TV, the piano was central to family and community life in colonial Australia. It brought Australians of different ages and backgrounds together, offering solace on remote stations, comfort at the fronts of war, and joyous entertainment at weddings and parties, on ships and trains, in hospitals and prisons. With its iron frame, candelabra, carvings, polished surfaces and ivory keys, an upright piano in the nineteenth century home was a machine, an instrument and a valued member of the household that conveyed potent social meanings: prestige, education, class, leisure, national identity and intergenerational relationships
Summary
Before electricity brought us the gramophone, the radio and eventually TV, the piano was central to family and community life in colonial Australia. It brought Australians of different ages and backgrounds together, offering solace on remote stations, comfort at the fronts of war, and joyous entertainment at weddings and parties, on ships and trains, in hospitals and prisons. A Coveted Possession tells the curious story of Australia's intimate relationship with the piano. It's an insightful, beautifully illustrated multi-stranded cultural history that reveals the material, social and political worlds in which the ivories were tinkled.
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10665523
Cataloging source
ANL
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1950-
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Atherton, Michael
Dewey number
786.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Piano music
  • Music
  • Musical instruments
Target audience
adult
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the rise and fall of the piano in Australia
Label
A coveted possession : the rise and fall of the piano in Australia, Michael Atherton
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Publication
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000061969383
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 254 pages, [16] pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781863959919
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023531763
Label
A coveted possession : the rise and fall of the piano in Australia, Michael Atherton
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000061969383
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 254 pages, [16] pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781863959919
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023531763

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