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
Title remainder
the rise and fall of the piano in Australia
Statement of responsibility
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
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10665523
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Atherton, Michael
Dewey number
786.2
Illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Piano music
  • Music
  • Musical instruments
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the rise and fall of the piano in Australia
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A coveted possession : the rise and fall of the piano in Australia, Michael Atherton
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781863959919
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(pbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
A coveted possession : the rise and fall of the piano in Australia, Michael Atherton
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781863959919
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print

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