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Loffredo, Antonietta
The Toy Piano. From the Playroom to the Concert Platform


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Product Details

Author: Antonietta Loffredo
Publication Date: 1-2-2019
Pages: pp. 172
Size: 140x210 mm
Binding: Paperback (Soft Cover)
ISBN: 978-88-8109-511-7
Code: LB 34

Description

In 1948, John Cage offered the public his Suite for Toy Piano. Performed at Black Mountain College (North Carolina), with choreography of dancer Merce Cunningham, it later became a solo instrumental piece and the point of reference for all musicians dedicated to the art of the toy piano. This little piano was different from the standard piano both for its small dimensions and for its sound produced by hammers striking different length metal rods.
Into the first decade of the 21st century, several cultural and musical initiatives around the world have increased and spread repertoire dedicated to the toy piano, making it a key player in the contemporary music scene.
All aspects of the toy piano are discussed in this book which offers a comprehensive source of information to those interested in widening their knowledge of this topic. After detailing the origin of the toy piano, its constructive characteristics and its challenging acoustic behaviour, the book provides an extensive overview of the scored repertoire, as well as an analysis of the cultural contexts which saw the toy piano continue the tradition of toy instruments in art music.

Biographical Notes

Product detailsAntonietta Loffredo, pianist, toy pianist and musicologist, is a graduate of the Conservatorio “F.E. Dall’Abaco” in Italy and of the Conservatoire de Musique d’Issy les Moulineaux in France.
She has also conducted studies in a teaching and educational context at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of Pavia University at Cremona and earned a Master of Music degree in musicology from the University of Milan with a thesis on the toy piano.
An acclaimed interpreter of the contemporary piano and toy piano repertoire, she has performed in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Since 2004 she has been holding lectures and seminars around the world on the subject of contemporary art music.