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By Stuart Isacoff

A desirable social gathering of the piano, together with stories of its masters from Mozart and Beethoven to Oscar Peterson and Jerry Lee Lewis, informed 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 indicates how every person from Ferdinando de’ Medici to Herbie Hancock affected its evolution of sound and impact in well known tune. offering 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 numerous artists’ palms. A normal background of the Piano is fast moving and exciting, with attractive illustrations and images, a must-read for song fans and pianists of each level. 

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And that song? Tell me in confidence. I’m a friend and I speak truths. Was it for you, or was it for Madame?

CHERUBINO: (sighing) Oh, she inspires so much respect from me! You are fortunate because you can see her whenever you want: dress her in the morning, undress her in the evening, place her garments, needles, lace. Tell me what you have there? SUSANNA: Ah, il vago nastro della notturna cuffia di comare sì bella. SUSANNA: Oh, it’s the ribbon belonging to your beautiful godmother’s nightcap. CHERUBINO: Deh, dammelo sorella, dammelo per pietà! CHERUBINO: Oh, for mercy’s sake, give it to me! (snatches the ribbon from Susanna) SUSANNA: Presto quel nastro!

But I’m just so surprised. For mercy’s sake, go! IL CONTE: Un momento, e ti lascio, odi. COUNT: (sits on the chair) One moment and then I’ll leave. Listen. SUSANNA: Non odo nulla. SUSANNA: I will hear nothing. IL CONTE: Due parole. Tu sai che ambasciatore a Londra il re mi dichiarò; di condur meco Figaro destinai. COUNT: Just two words. You know that the King has named me ambassador to London. I intend to take Figaro with me. SUSANNA: Signor, se osassi... SUSANNA: Sir, I beg you... IL CONTE: Parla, parla, mia cara, e con quell dritto ch’oggi prendi su me finché tu vivi chiedi, imponi, prescrivi.

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