Marina Tsvetaeva, excerpts from “Mother and Music"

Publication Title

Piano Roles: Three Hundred Years of Life with the Piano

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Book Chapter - Open Access

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Environmental Studies

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The piano puts whole worlds of musical sound at the fingertips of one player, evoking the singing of a solo voice, the textural richness of an orchestra, and the rhythmic impetus of a dance band. It has been background or center stage in concertgoing, parlor singing, choir rehearsals, theatrical tryouts, and many other activities, forging a common bond among people of very different social spheres. This delightfully written and copiously illustrated book examines the place of the piano in classical and popular musical cultures and the piano’s changing cultural roles over the past three centuries.


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