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A desirable party of the piano, together with stories of its masters from Mozart and Beethoven to Oscar Peterson and Jerry Lee Lewis, advised with the services of composer and writer of Temperament, Stuart Isacoff.
This background takes us again to the piano's humble genesis as an easy keyboard, and exhibits how every person from Ferdinando de’ Medici to Herbie Hancock affected its evolution of sound and impact in well known song. featuring the tool that has been on the center of musical improvement over the centuries in all its good looks and complexity, this explores the piano’s services and the diversity of emotional expression it conveys in several artists’ arms. A common historical past of the Piano is fast paced and fascinating, with appealing illustrations and photographs, a must-read for song fanatics and pianists of each level. 

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