The Classical Reproducing Piano Roll (Volume I: Composers)

The Classical Reproducing Piano Roll (Volume I: Composers)

The Classical Reproducing Piano Roll (Volume I: Composers)

In the history of the piano, the brief appearance of the mechanical piano's most sophisticated manifestation, the reproducing piano (not to be confused with the pianola) is of special interest and importance. Unique among mechanical musical instruments, the reproducing piano had an incredibly refined capacity to reproduce the playing of the great pianists who recorded on it. The turn of the century to 1930 was a period of high activity during which thousands of performances were produced on the reproducing piano roll and this groundbreaking two-volume study surveys the work accomplished by the pianists who recorded their playing for reproducing pianos during this time. Though only 60 years have elapsed since the overnight disappearance of the reproducing piano, some performances by major artists of the time remain merely as lists in catalogs. Larry Sitsky has made a very thorough compilation of this rare material producing for the first time, in as complete a form as possible, the entire repertoire of classical music available on the reproducing piano roll.

The introduction contains a real treasure-trove of background information on this rare musical art form and details the technical aspects of the reproducing piano and...

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