This history of the piano by the performer and historian Richard Burnett traces the development of the piano from its origins to the present day, drawing on keyboard instruments from his internationally known collection which was held at at the Finchcocks Museum in Kent, England. Sixty-one of these instruments, including organs, harpsichords, clavichords, and a wide range of pianos, feature in what amounts to a ground-breaking social history of the piano. His fascinating book interweaves the biographies of the pianos with the history of the various manufacturing firms and the remarkable lives of some of the builders and the musicians associated with them, all set against the vividly depicted social backdrop of the periods under review. In the second part of his book, the author looks particularly at how the development of the instruments has influenced the output of the classical composers - Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Weber, Schubert and others.The book also includes a complimentary CD, in which the music of 33 of the Finchcocks period instruments can be heard being played by Richard Burnett and Steven Devine.
Published in 2004 by Finchcocks Press in association with Third Millenium Publishing Ltd. Written by Richard Burnett, with glossary and keyboard chronology by William Dow. Signed by the author.
In very good used condition, with unused cd sealed at back of book. Some discolouration tom end papers. Unclipped dust jacket in very good condition.