From the tools that floated ashore at Sydney Cove within the overdue eighteenth century to the resurrection of derelict heirlooms within the streets of twenty-first-century Melbourne, A Coveted Possession tells the curious tale of Australia’s intimate and intrepid courting with the piano. It charts the piano’s interesting adventures throughout Australia – at the goldfields, on the frontlines of conflict, within the production hubs of the Federation period, and within the fingers of the makers, marketers, academics and virtuosos of the 20 th historical past – to light up the various worlds within which the ivories have been tinkled.
Before electrical energy introduced us the gramophone, the radio and at last the television, the piano used to be relevant to kinfolk and neighborhood existence. With its iron body, polished surfaces and ivory keys, an upright piano in the house was once a contemporary business laptop, a musical device and a precious member of the family, conveying strong messages approximately classification, schooling, relaxation, nationwide identification and intergenerational history.
‘Michael Atherton cleverly weaves visible, sensual and sonic components into the piano’s sociocultural background, including a wealthy layer to our wisdom of the piano in Australia.’
—Professor Julia Horne, historian
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