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The Symbolism of the Piano in The Piano

- The Symbolism of the Piano in The Piano         The piano has been inextricably linked with the roles and expectations of women in British society since its advent in the mid 1700s to the late 1800s when rising standards of living made it more accessible to middle class society. Pianos were regarded as "secure icons of social distinction" 1 and a wife was viewed similarly as a possession of "privatization, success and respectability."2 Pianos were instrumental in both reinforcing gender roles and as delineators of class distinction thus perpetuating the class system....   [tags: Piano]

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History of the Piano

- The piano is an instrument that can be traced back through the centuries; there are no debates about that statement. Nevertheless, there are several different views on what begins the history of the piano. In his book, Pianos and their Makers, Alfred Dolge begins with the Monochord in 582 B. C., which was used by Pythagoras. However, Ernest Closson begins his History of the Piano with the clavichord and gives only five paragraphs to the influences from before. Everyone has their own interpretation of what the history of the piano is; however an instrument is just a piece of mechanical parts without the music that was played on it....   [tags: instrument, drums, square piano]

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The Piano Into The Musical Arena

- Batrolomeo Cristofori brings the piano into the musical arena around 1709 in Florence, Italy. One of Cristoforis previous instruments, the harpsichord, actually brought about the idea of the piano. Cristofori wanted to develop a more dynamic instrument, because the harpsichord had such a small dynamic range. His answer to that problem was the ‘gravicembali col piano e forte,’ which meant harpsichord with soft and loud. This long name was shortened to pianoforte, and then eventually forte was dropped, and now these modern instruments are known as pianos....   [tags: Piano, Orchestra, Sergei Rachmaninoff]

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The Piano Lesson Play Analysis

- In the play, The Piano Lesson, music played an important role. The piano in the play represented the African American history and culture. The ghost of Sutter represented the pain and trauma that had been endured throughout the generations in the Charles family. Berniece did not play the piano because she associated it with pain and the bad things that happened to her family members. She did not want to accept the things that had happened in her family’s past. She thought that she could deny everything and act like it never happened....   [tags: piano, african american culture]

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The History of the Piano

- The History of the Piano The history of the piano, and his technique born, of course in close relation with the others keyboard instruments especially with the clavichord, his predecessor. The transition from the clavichord to the piano bring to us very interesting information about piano technique and the problems that the musician from that time had to confront. The piano technique, the works for piano, the composers, recitals, auditions and all around the piano history have absolute relation with the manufacture and progress of the instrument construction and the possibilities that the piano could give to pianist and composers....   [tags: Piano Musical Instruments Music Essays]

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Lessons from The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

- What should one do with their legacy, and how should it be put to use. In the play “The Piano Lesson”, the Charles' family faces this question, and struggles to find the answer. The family’s legacy is in the form of a piano. On the piano are carvings of their ancestors. The two main characters that are having a conflict over the piano are Berniece and Boy Willie. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano so he can add the proceeds of the sale to the proceeds of selling watermelon’s and buy some land from “Sutter”....   [tags: The Piano Lesson Analysis]

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Gender and Sexuality in The Piano

- Gender and Sexuality in The Piano "THERE IS A SILENCE WHERE HATH BEEN NO SOUND THERE IS A SILENCE WHERE NO SOUND MAY BE IN THE COLD GRAVE, UNDER THE DEEP DEEP SEA." With these words, The Piano ends and leaves me in a state of confusion about what point the film was trying to express. The film by Jane Campion has been compared to the likes of Wuthering Heights and has been highly lauded for championing freedom of women’s sexuality and identity. Many critics, though, have debated on the final meanings of the film....   [tags: Piano Essays]

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Gender and Sexuality in The Piano

- Gender and Sexuality in The Piano The Piano examines the construction of sexuality in nineteenth century colonial New Zealand within the discourses of power that shaped this era. Different discourses of gender and race and their interactions are presented in order to support a narrative critique of the European patriarchal ideology as dominant social structure.     In the opening sequence of the film, the viewer is immediately presented with an image of marriage as entirely contractual: "Today he married me to a man I've not yet met." The protagonist, although she has already been established as strong-willed and non-conforming, is accepting but not altogether optimistic about the arrangem...   [tags: Piano Essays]

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Playing the Piano

- Playing the Piano "'natural phrasing' and `from the heart' are prized attributes of song, singing that way requires rehearsal, preparation, and getting in touch with whatever it is inside singers and getting in touch with whatever it is inside singers that, by a neural kink or the grace of God, enables them to turn themselves into vessels of musical sound." On an Alumni Weekend at Milton Academy, I was practicing on a grand piano in the orchestra room. After about two hours of warm-up and practicing, the sun went down and the room became dark....   [tags: Music Piano Musical Essays]

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Piano by D. H. Lawrence

- “Piano” by D. H. Lawrence            The poem Piano, by D. H. Lawrence describes his memories of childhood. Hearing a woman singing takes him to the time when his mother played piano on Sunday evenings. In the present, this woman is singing and playing the piano with great passion. However, the passionate music is not affecting him, because he can only think about his childhood rather than the beauty of the music that exists in his actual space.      “A woman is singing” softly to the speaker “in the dusk.” The speaker is describing the place he is at in the present moment....   [tags: Piano D. H. Lawrence Essays]

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Dehumanization in Player Piano

- Recent trends, ideas, and technology has helped to bring about increased mechanization on society. We have Automated Teller Machines to replace bank tellers, robots do assembly line work at virtually every automotive company, and computers are integrated more and more into our daily lives. People are slowly, but surely, being replaced my machines and artificial "workers." Kurt Vonnegut's foresaw this movement of mechanization in the 1950's and responds to the dehumanization of society in his novel Player Piano....   [tags: Player Piano Essays]

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Free College Essays - The Piano Lesson

- The Piano Lesson                 Do you ever have one of those days when you remember your parents taking away all of your baseball cards or all of your comic books because you got a bad grade in one of your classes?  You feel a little depressed and your priced possession has been stolen.  This event is the same as August Wilson’s, The Piano Lesson.  The story is about a sibling rivalry, Boy Willie Charles against Berniece Charles, regarding an antique, family inherited piano.  Boy Willie wants to sell the piano in order to buy the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves.  However, Berniece, who has the piano, declines Boy Willie’s request to sell the piano because...   [tags: Piano Lesson Essays]

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Oppression in Jane Campion’s The Piano

- Oppression in Jane Campion’s “The Piano” Jane Campion’s “The Piano” relates the story of a Scottish woman who is sent to New Zealand, during the Victorian Era, for an arranged marriage with a farmer. Ada voluntarily gave up speaking at the age of 6 and communicates by either signing for her daughter, writing on a small paper tablet around her neck, or, more joyously, through playing her piano. After a long and arduous journey with the piano, Ada is forced to leave it on the beach where her boat landed....   [tags: Jane Campion The Piano]

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How is Sympathy Provoked in ‘Piano’ and ‘Crabbit Old Woman’?

- In the two poems Crabbit Old Woman and Piano, both the writers use language to provoke sympathy towards a person and their situation by using the present and the past tense to build up emotions. In the poem Piano, Lawrence introduces us to his childhood using a piano. He describes to us what his childhood memories used to be like with his mother, and what comfort he used to have in her presence. The first two lines of each of the three stanzas are all in present tense and the rhyme scheme is rhyming cuplets....   [tags: Sympathy, Piano, Crabbit Old Woman, poetry, D.H. L]

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Culture in Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara

- Culture in Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara In the poem “Piano and Drums” the poet Gabriel Okara depicts and contrasts two different cultures through symbolism of pianos and drums. The Poem is divided into four stanzas. The first two stanzas represent the “drum” culture and the second two stanzas show the “piano” culture. The description of the drums is in two stanzas, but is one sentence long. The first line of the first stanza: ‘When at break of day at a riverside’ Uses trochees to emphasize the deliberate broken rhythm....   [tags: Culture Symbolism Piano and Drums Essays]

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Social Traditions in Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence

- Social Traditions in Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence Traditions demonstrate a set of social norms that have been followed and adapted to for an elongated amount of time. In each of the plots, Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence, the standard set by society was broken and the consequences imposed took form in varying degrees and shapes of violence. Whether it was outright murder as in Medea, or a more subtle but intense struggle as in The Age of Innocence, these consequences serve as the community's opinion of this breach of its expectations for its members....   [tags: Medea Piano Age of Innocence]

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Taking a Deeper Look at The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

- Taking a Deeper Look at The Piano Lesson by August Wilson Winner of multiple awards such as the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, August Wilson is known most for his forceful cultural plays. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wilson was born to a white father that later abandoned his family, and a black mother. Wilson dropped out of school in the ninth grade after being accused of plagiarism. Wilson after went to public libraries and read various books; this was an initiation for Wilson and his successful future....   [tags: The Piano Lesson Plays August Wilson Essays]

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Childhood Memories in My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke and Piano by D.H. Lawrence

- Childhood Memories in "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke and "Piano" by D.H. Lawrence "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke and "Piano" by D.H. Lawrence are two poems in which grown men recall memories of their childhood. "My Papa's Waltz" has a quietly sad, almost resigned tone as Roethke relives his nightly dances with his father as a young boy. Lawrence's "Piano" is somewhat dreamy as a man is taken back by a song to his childhood. While both are presented to us through similar personas, striking differences are apparent throughout the two poems....   [tags: Compare Waltz Piano Essays Papers]

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The Power of the Piano

- What can appear to gleam and reflect such beauty and craftsmanship yet can be handled by a three year old. It’s sound so pure by a touch of a finger has been in existence for well over a hundred years and is the foundation for creating music. It’s black and white keys produce sounds when played correctly that can bring tears to one’s eyes, touch your heart and soul, bring hope, or even joy and laughter to an event. All of this power… lies in the piano. The piano from its creation to this very second had transformed the world of music no matter what class, talent, and ability....   [tags: Music]

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The History of the Piano

- The piano, created by Bartolomeo Christofori in 1709, has impacted our society by becoming a popular instrument and a popular medium for musicians to create musical masterpieces. Also called the pianoforte, the piano is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments that can range in sound from as low as a gust of wind, to as high as the shrill sound of a bird. It has evolved over time and become an amazing instrument. The piano was accepted very well in history and it has generated many changes in the music industry....   [tags: Music ]

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Changes in the Piano

- The piano is an amazing instrument used all over the world to express one’s feelings, emotions, and talent. The piano is used for entertainment, but for many, it’s used in a personal way to express feelings in a musical way. Obviously each musical instrument is unique to their own time period and no doubt the piano has been around for a while. It has gone through many changes in it’s time- changing along with the modern music of the day. I believe the piano has adapted over the years more so than other instruments....   [tags: Music ]

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The Piano

- The Piano gave me a great understanding of true love and the hardships that came along with it. The movie was very well put together, and I learned a great deal from the production. The Piano had some good instances of well lit up shots, along with some good symbolism which, I will explain about in the following report. For instance there was a scene in the movie involving Adas’ young daughter where all of a sudden a cartoon just appears out of nowhere. I believe the producer was relating the cartoon in this sequence to the way she was taking what was going on in....   [tags: movie analysis]

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The Piano

- A Mail Order Bride “The strange thing is I don’t think myself silent, that is, because of my piano” (Campion 9). This beloved instrument is central to the plot and plays a major role in the movie The Piano. It is a symbolic instrument that Campion uses to tell a complex tale.. The film is a story of shyness, repression, and loneliness, of a woman who will not speak and a man who cannot listen, and of a willful little girl who causes mischief. Ada’s verbal silence is a complicated issue in the film and contributes to the overall confusion surrounding her gender identity....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Piano Man

- Roderich entered the bar at the time he was needed. It was 9:00 pm on a Saturday, and the usuals slowly trudged into the bar. Next to him was an older looking man, with long blond hair, and enjoying his gin a little too much. The man sighed. "Son, can you play a memory. I'm not really sure how it goes. But it's sad and sweet, and I knew it complete, when I wore a younger man's clothes." He then turned away, back to his gin. Roderich decided, for the man, to play his song. The song was filled with memories of the past....   [tags: Personal Narrative]

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The Great Migration And The Piano Lesson

- The Great Migration and The Piano Lesson The Piano Lesson by August Wilson is taking place in Pittsburg because many Blacks travelled North to escape poverty and racial judgment in the South. This rapid mass movement in history is known as The Great migration. The migration meant African Americans are leaving behind what had always been their economic and social base in America, and having to find a new one. The main characters in this play are Berniece and Boy Willie who are siblings fighting over a piano that they value in different ways....   [tags: Southern United States, African American]

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The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

- The Piano Lesson by August Wilson: The Wisdom of the Ivories Can a treasured object of the past serve as a teacher for the future. Once people share the historical significance of it, an object can symbolize the overcoming of hardships of those lives in which it becomes a part. Therefore, it may indeed “instruct” future generations to glean wisdom from the past. August Wilson’s play The Piano Lesson centers on the trials and triumphs of a family affected by the enslaving of their ancestors and by current racial prejudice....   [tags: racial prejudice, slavery, god, holy spirit]

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The Piano Lesson By August Wilson

- In the play “The Piano Lesson”, August Wilson utilizes two main characters Boy Willie and Berniece to present the theme of gender roles and sexual politics. The reaction of the siblings toward the piano illustrates the role of a man and woman during the conflict. Throughout the entire play they argue over the piano and struggle with an underlying problem of choosing to honor their ancestors or leaving the family’s history in the past. Boy Willie wants to show respect to his ancestors by selling the piano to continue the Charles’s family legacy....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Man, Woman]

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The Sound of Music in Piano and Voice

- Billy Joel once said, “I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music” (“Music Quotes”). Although many instruments exist to enliven human existence, two of the most stimulating are the piano and the voice. While piano and singing both create poignant music, they differ due to the instruments themselves, the training involved, and the musician’s individuality. A traditional piano consists of strings, keys, hammers, pedals and pieces of wood (“Piano”)....   [tags: Music]

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Interview with the Poet of the Piano, Chopin

- Interviewer: Good day Ms. Brown and 1303 Music Appreciation Class. I will be giving an interview with Frederic Chopin also called the “Poet of the Piano”. I read that you come from a musical family. Is that true. Chopin: My family was not wealthy, but we had a strong appreciation for music. My mother could hold her own on the piano and my father played the violin and flute. I was even told that when I was a baby, when my mother would sing, I would be moved to tears. At what age did you pick up your first musical instrument and what was it....   [tags: personal narrative]

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Female Curiosity: The Piano and Bluebeard

- ... “Open them all; go into all and every one of them, except that little closet, which I forbid you, and forbid it in such a manner that, if you happen to open it, there’s nothing but what you may expect from my just anger and resentment” (Perrault). His wife felt threatened by this, as anyone would, “tempted and threatened by evil” (McCombs, 327). This is most obviously a test to see if his wife will actually go snooping around and unlock the forbidden door. His wife is already suspicious of her new husband due to the fact that he has had many wives previously who mysteriously disappeared....   [tags: Jane Campion film, Perrault's story, ]

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Notion of Power in 'Orlando' and 'The Piano'

- The notion of power is presented in various ways in Woolf’s ‘Orlando ‘and Campion’s ‘The Piano’. This essay will compare these two texts and how they show power in different, yet similar ways. The first part of the essay analyzes the basic idea on gender roles of the Victorian and 19th century. The second part analyses Orlando aristocratic background and his ability to inherit riches. This is compared with Orlando as a woman who is unable to inherit. Thirdly, there will be a comparison on Orlando and the Piano, and how the women control the men....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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A Rocking Horse Winner And Piano

- Many authors use their own life experiences or situations when writing certain literary works, such as a poem or short story. One is able to see how this statement is true with D.H. Lawrence’s literary works, “A Rocking-Horse Winner” and “Piano”. Both of Lawrence’s literary works displays a persona of a little boy, which very well represents the inner character of himself. Lawrence uses biographical aspects in both his short story and poem that portray the emotions he felt throughout his childhood....   [tags: Fiction, Literature, Novel, Short story]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Piano '

- ... An interesting poem is by Robert Burns “A Red, Red Rose”, it talks about him moving away to a different state miles away and wanting to take his beloved, but his father did not approve of him leaving. He was leaving his hometown to go to the United States for a better life. In the end of the poem he promises that he will come back for her even if they have to be apart for a while. This poem relates to me because I am in a long distance relationship. People say distance can be an issue in a relationship and it can but when there is love between two people anything is possible....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, Poetry, Romeo and Juliet]

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The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

- “I got the power of death” (Wilson 29). You might recognize this quote from Boy Willie in The Piano Lesson by August Wilson an African American play writer. In this essay I am going to highlight some things about his life. According to (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia) August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945 in the town of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He was born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. Son of a German immigrant named Frederick August Kittel and his mother was an African-American named Daisy Wilson....   [tags: american play writer, biography]

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The Chopin 's The Piano Lesson

- Even if Dressed in Battered Clothes If a person dressed in battered clothes collapses on a busy sidewalk, many pedestrians would ignore him. However, if that same person wore a business suit instead, they would rush over to check on his condition. Just like how these bystanders treated the man differently due to the way he dressed, white Americans treated African Americans differently due to their skin color. The end of the Reconstruction Era in 1877 may have freed the slaves and granted African Americans the right to vote, but the following period of time introduced a new set of challenges that caused disputes over racial equality....   [tags: African American, White American, Race]

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The Piano by Jane Campion

- Critical analysis on The Piano 1993 In my discussion I will talk about Jane Campion’s film, The Piano 1993, in this case I would argue for and against Laura Mulvey’s essay, and to define where her theorist brings awareness and where it collapses. I will also introduce Vivian Sobchack ‘What my fingers knew’ to argue against Mulvey’s argument. In Laura Mulveys essay, she argues that, women are the sexual objects that the male has control over the gaze, in this case I agree with her, famous Hitchcock films, which shows this are films such as Vertigo, Rear Window and Psycho....   [tags: Critical Analysis, FIlm]

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The Shining and Player Piano

- The Shining and Player Piano The Shining is a horror novel written by Stephen King in 1977 and Player Piano is a science fiction novel written by Kurt Vonnegut in 1952. The events of The Shining take place after the Vietnam War and the events of Player Piano take place after a fictional World War III. These books are two completely different genres, horror and sci-fi, but with a few similarities. Although they bear some minor similarities regarding the setting, the differences between the time and place are pronounced....   [tags: novel comparison]

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My Study Of The Piano

- ... Hardly ever home, I rarely see my family anymore, due to us all trying to bring in income. Unable to afford the rent on our house, we had to move for the fourth time during my time in high school. In addition to this, my grandparents also moved in with us. During my lifetime my family has struggled financially thus increasing stress and pressure in an already demanding season of life. My father’s struggles with unemployment, while unfortunate, have instilled in me a strong desire to become financially secure....   [tags: High school, Family, High school diploma, College]

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Me and My Piano

- I began taking piano lesson when I was in grade one, but when I moved to Canada, I was not able to take piano lessons. I was not given the opportunity to re-start piano lessons until grade eleven. In high school, I joined choir for four years as well as Jazz Band, and concert and got an award for music in grade twelve. I peer tutored the grades six, seven and eight band. When I was in jazz band, I learned how to play the alto saxophone and tenor saxophone. When I was in concert band I played flute....   [tags: statement of purpose, personal reflections]

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The History of the Piano

- The History of the Piano The piano has seen many sights and has been a part of countless important events in the past and present, and is said to have dominated music for the past 200 years (Welton). Throughout history, inventions come along that "take art away from princes and give it the people" (Swan 41). Not unlike the printing press, the piano made what was once intangible possible: the poorest of peasants could enjoy the same music that their beloved rulers did. The piano can be played by "the rankest of amateurs, and the greatest of virtuosos" (Swan 41); so even if a person is not very intelligent, a simple tune can easily be learned....   [tags: Papers]

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Piano Music

- The beautiful sound of piano music has captured the hearts of people since the early eighteenth century. Since then, many musicians have dedicated their lives to this instrument. Some players even play piano so well that it may seem that this instrument is easy to play. However, to be able to play the piano well isn’t easy; it takes a lot of skill. To become a good piano player, one must love music very much, have good finger techniques, and body flexibility. To become a good piano player, one must love music....   [tags: Music]

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Evolution of the Piano

- Evolution of the Piano Dulcimer originally found in Iran shortly after the birth of Christ. The Dulcimer is the basic principles of the piano, hammers striking different strings tuned over a flat soundboard. Dulcimer players used two light sticks ending with broader blades, instead of the mechanical hammers. Clavichord built in around 1400, the clavichord had about ten strings and in earlier examples two notes or more was produced from that string or pair of strings by making two or more tangents contacts the same string or pair of strings at different points....   [tags: Music Musical Instruments]

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Analysis: The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

- August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, tells a story of a family haunted by the pain of their past and their struggle to find peace to move forward. The story begins with character Boy Willie coming up from the south visiting his sister Bernice. Boy Willie introduces the idea of selling the family’s heirloom, a piano, to raise enough money to buy the land on which his ancestors were enslaved. However, both Boy Willie and his sister Berniece own half a half of the piano and she refuses to let Boy Willie sell it....   [tags: pain, struggle, peace, move forward]

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A Brief History of Piano Greats and Jazz

- A Brief History of Piano Greats and Jazz The piano has been a pivotal instrument throughout the development of jazz music. Starting with ragtime, which developed out of classical music, all the way to modern jazz the piano has been a foundational instrument upon which many styles have been built. This is a result of the versatility of the instrument, as it has the ability to play accompaniment, rhythm, and solo improvisation simultaneously. Throughout the course of jazz history many musicians have utilized the piano to develop new and unique styles....   [tags: Polyrhythmic Styles, Bebop]

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The Piano Lesson, Directed By Richard Lloyd

- Successful Adaptation In August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” directed by Richard Lloyd When preparing a written drama for film, directors’ often make alterations in order to present a more realistic narrative. Richard Lloyd did just that when editing long time friend August Wilson’s play “The Piano Lesson.” Lloyd not only enhanced the impact of the play, but also added depth to the world in which it is set. In Wilson’s ephemeral “The Piano Lesson,” the screenplay successfully deviates from the stage script by altering the set design, sound, and character portrayal in order to further ingrain the message that we can not effectively build our futures by avoiding our heritage....   [tags: August Wilson, Pulitzer Prize for Drama]

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Classical Musical Culture: Piano Art

- Piano art is one of the most significant areas of classical musical culture. The history of solo piano keyboard culture has been more than five hundred years. Periodization of piano culture is divided into several periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century. I have played piano for many years and have always been interested in the development of Western classical piano compositions and pieces from classical period to the present day so I decided to do my investigation on this topic because I always wondered how piano solos have developed....   [tags: mozart, keyboard]

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The Piano Teacher

- Most parents believe that participation in extracurricular activities affects a child in a lot of good ways. My parents were no exception. After school, I was always being driven from piano to basketball to swimming and so on. At the time, I thought I was the world's busiest kid. But after all these years, I can easily see that I have gained some really important benefits from those activities. Playing the piano is probably the greatest benefit. However, it would be a big lie for me to say that my appreciation for playing the piano came immediately....   [tags: Autobiography Essay, Personal Narrative]

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Film The Piano

- Film The Piano In the film "The Piano", it displays varieties of themes like love, loyalty, betrayal and etc. Beneath each theme lie the values which were shown throughout the film. It was about a woman who doesn't speak since the age of six and her relationship with her daughter and her piano. Because of her actions, it had affected some of the characters in the film. Love and loyalty was also shown in the film. Stewart loved Ada but never did he know that Ada would actually be in loyal to him....   [tags: Papers]

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The Use of Symbolism in the Film "The Piano"

- Screen and Visual images are important in the film; The Piano directed by Jane Campion. The screen and visual images are represented by Motifs. They are related to the dominating characters which makes them important. Firstly, Fingers as signifiers. The films very first image is a point-of-view shot looking through Ada's fingers as if they frame her world. They are signifiers of expressiveness. Ada is mute and her fingers are her tools of communication. She communicates using sign language with her fingers....   [tags: Film]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of August Wilson 's ' The Piano Lesson '

- ... “Because of its tie to suffering and heinous crimes, it [the piano] become a repository of black history and pride” (Snodgrass). The carvings on the piano are used as symbols of dignity and pride. They also symbolize the scars of the past. “Sculpted into rich wood are totemic human figures whose knife-drawn features suggest both the pride of African culture and the grotesque scars of slavery” (Rich). Lastly, the piano symbolizes race itself. “Like race, the piano is at once meaningless and totally meaningful, depending on one 's perceptions and perspective” (Elam Jr....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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Feelings and Emotions in The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

- One of the main characters that is mentioned in the play The Piano Lesson by August Wilson is a woman named Berniece Charles. She has been a widow for three years and she has a daughter named Maretha Charles. Berniece works on her own to take care of her small family in the town of Pittsburgh. The main discussion in the play is the argument over the families’ piano with her brother, Boy Willie Charles. Berniece shows readers her different attitudes throughout the play about how her family piano makes her feel in a negative way, how it makes her feel in a positive way, and what the piano really means to her on a personal level....   [tags: widowed mother, Berniece Charles]

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Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major

- Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major The recognised style in the classical period in which this was written was to write sonatas in Sonata form- the concept of a recapituation, development and exposition. Indeed, the majority of Mozarts other sonatas were written like this. However, this sonata has a different but very distinct form. The first movement is a theme and a set of six variations. Each variation aswell as the theme comprises of four four bar phrases, as illustrated below....   [tags: Papers]

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Music and Memory in D. H. Lawrence’s Piano

- D. H. Lawrence’s poetry is said to often be of “great biographical interest” (Encyclopedia Britannica), and his poem “Piano,” written in 1918, eight years after the death of his mother, illustrates his attachment to his mother through the device of an unwilling memory evoked when he hears a woman singing. Though Lawrence’s relationship with his mother is said to have been “an intensely—often labeled abnormally—close relationship” (Pearson and Watson), it is also said that it was she who encouraged him to obtain an education and to write....   [tags: Literature]

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Critique of The Piano Lesson

- Critique of The Piano Lesson *No Works Cited The Piano Lesson is a masterpiece in itself, earning a Pulitzer Prize in 1990. However, this particular play has elements not typical of modern plays. It has the quintessential plot that encompasses a conflict. On the surface, the conflict is between Boy Willie and his sister, Bernice. However, beneath that conflict, lies the symbolism of the characters. Boy Willie symbolizes the American way or the white man's culture. Bernice is the African-American way, staying true to her roots and not parting with the heritage....   [tags: Papers]

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The Life of Florence Beatrice Smith Price

- ... She lastly returned back to Little Rock, Arkansas where she married Thomas J. Price, a noted attorney. She gave birth to two children. One of the two children unfortunately died as an infant. The Prices moved away from Arkansas in 1927 after experiencing severe racial trauma due to a brutal lynching in their community. Upon her return to Chicago, Florence almost immediately began studying at various musical institutions. This is when she began to have financial difficulties which took effect on her marriage....   [tags: piano teacher, piano performance]

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The Piano Tuner, by Daniel Mason, as a Film Adaptation

- When Daniel Mason travelled to Southeast Asia to study malaria, as a young medical student, not one dreamed that when he returned, he would bring with him the beautifully written novel that is The Piano Tuner. As a person reads, he or she can feel the heat of the Burmese sun and see the Salween River flowing by their feet. Unfortunately, readers do not have the opportunity to truly see these things in the context that Mason wished, as a film adaptation of The Piano Tuner has not yet been completed....   [tags: camera views, war office, novel]

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Sylvia Plath's Mirror and D.H. Lawrence's Piano

- Poets often use techniques such as tone, imagery, themes, and poem structure to create a more complex view of their stance on the subject. These features can make the poem more interesting to the reader and helps to develop their story. The use of imagery in a poem can take the reader on a journey filled with sensory images that help the reader to connect with the subjects of the poems. The tone of the poem determines the mood and feelings that the reader will experience. The theme of a poem holds the true meaning and point of the poem and is explained using the above literary techniques....   [tags: poetic analysis]

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Michael Fuchs 's A Piano And Organ Soloist

- On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 7:30 pm, the Clayton State University Visual and Performing Arts presented the Clayton State University Chorale. Michael Fuchs conducted and Grant Jones performed as a piano and organ soloist. There were four parts in that performance. Part I included “Dies Irae from Requiem Mass in D minor, K.626” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Hor che ‘l Ciel e la Terra” from Claudio Monteverdi. Part II was “O Schone Nacht” from Johannes Brahms and “Standchen” from Franz Schubert....   [tags: Baroque music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart]

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Anthropological Feminism in The Piano

- Anthropological Feminism in The Piano   There is a moment in The Piano when the crazed husband takes an axe and chops off his wife's finger. We do not see the awful blow, but both times I watched the film the audience gasped and a few women hurried from the theater. It is a disturbing but crucial scene, the culmination of a sado-masochistic screenplay which has been condemned by some as harmful to women and welcomed by others as an important feminist work. Critics have been more nearly unanimous in their praise for The Piano, and for writer and director Jane Campion....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Franz Liszt- The Modern Pianist

- Franz Liszt: The Modern Pianist Who exactly is Franz Liszt. He is called the Priest of the Piano, The Wizard of the Piano, the Great Technician, the Prophet, even a Freak of Nature. Yes, he could and did match every name stated but Liszt is nothing short of a genius and a musical giant among the many composers of the past. Among the many composers, none have come to the point of making a mark in every genre of music as Liszt accomplished. The question is: How exactly did Franz Liszt enhance the world of music as we know it....   [tags: Priest of the Piano, Wizard of the Piano]

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Jane Campions, The Piano

- In the spring of 1993, a film was released to the world that would end up changing the way many people perceived and appreciated films, especially those made internationally. It would be delivered from New Zealand’s most famous female filmmaker. Jane Campion, the director whom was previously known for her films, Peel-an Exercise in Discipline, and Sweetie, would achieve even higher acclaim for her masterpiece to date, The Piano. The Piano portrays the story of a mute, unwed Irish woman in late 1800s New Zealand, arranged into a marriage with a colonial New Zealand settler....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jane Champion 'The Piano'

- The release of the Jane Champion's The Piano in 1993 was almost a shocking event and till today is thought to be provoking. The movie has become the focus of the intensive debates about the postcolonial New Zealand and its neocolonial present. It is about the feminine desire and institutional moderation with in the marriage. It is about the psychological complexity of the human relations and love. The issues raised in the movie remain vital in the contemporary cultural studies. They include the possibility of the alternative forms of desire and human intercourse, the impediment of the aspirations to the postcolonial citizenship that does not put into the morass of the racial and identity pol...   [tags: American Literature]

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Renzo Piano

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Player Piano

- Player Piano In Player Piano, everything is controlled by machines and computers and depends on productivity. The managers and engineers only create new programs for more productive production. Even the rates of production and consumption are calculated by a computer (EPICAC), which is seated in the large Carlsbad cavern system. The EPICAC computer even determines the people's careers and in this way their whole lives. It gives intelligence tests to everyone, and on the basis of their results it sorts people into two categories - suitable for university entering exams and suitable for 'work'....   [tags: Papers]

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Symbolism in August Wilson's Piano Lesson

- In The Piano Lesson each central character learns a lesson. August Wilson uses plenty of symbolism throughout his play, the strongest symbol being the piano itself, representing the family's history, their long struggle, and their burden of their race. Throughout the play, the conflict revolves around the piano, and Berniece and Boy Willie's contrasting views about its significance and about what should be done with it. Berniece is ashamed and cannot let go of the past, or the piano, and Boy Willie wants to move his life forward, and use the piano to do so....   [tags: August Wilson essays research papers]

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Comparing Chopin's Piano Music with Schumann's

- When comparing the piano works of Frederick Chopin and Robert Schumann, it is important to take into account the number of works each wrote in comparison to their other outputs as a composer. Chopin wrote almost exclusively for piano but this was far from the case with Schumann. The important piano works of Chopin include sonatas, preludes, etudes, polonaises, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, scherzi, and ballades. Thematic development and structure are considered to be Chopin's weak points in his compositions and this is thought to be especially true in longer pieces such as the three piano sonatas....   [tags: Music]

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The Connection Between Neuroanatomy And Function During Listening And Playing The Piano

- ... 101). Existing literature suggests that knowing or not how to play the piano may lead to the activation of different brain regions. According to Meister et al. (2004), there is a specific network in the brain that is “musicianship-related” (p. 917), which is triggered in all different types of piano playing. This network consists of the dorsolateral and inferior frontal cortex (including Broca’s area), which are engaged in higher mental functions (Meister et al., 2004), the superior temporal gyrus (including Wernicke’s area), which plays a role in auditory-motor integration specifically when processing a melody (Bengtsson & Ullén, 2006), the supramarginal gyrus and the motor areas....   [tags: Cerebrum, Cerebral cortex, Frontal lobe, Brain]

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A Lesson Before Dying, Song of Solomon, and athe Piano Lesson

- The books of A Lesson Before Dying, Song of Solomon, and The Piano Lesson are all classic tales of African American Literature. While written in assorted periods and by different authors, the lessons found in between the pages transcend time. They recount stories of injustice, perseverance, and success. Memory and the past play a critical role in understanding each character’s mindset. A Lesson Before Dying portrays the past as both a hindrance and a source of motivation. Song of Solomon exposes the belief that knowledge of the past is the key that unlocks the door to self discovery....   [tags: African American Literature]

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Jane Campion's The Piano - A Metaphor for European Domination

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BOOK 1: THE PIANO HANDBOOK In this book McCombie explains how Bartolomeo Cristofori changed a Harpsichord in to a piano

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White Man's Happpiness in a Black Man's Misery

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A Brief History of Music technology and Its Effect on Popular Music

- Music has a great influent on people in our daily life, just like technology’s effect on the music. In the last 100 years, pop music has been a major part of American culture. There’s always discussion on how great can a pop music affect one’s daily life. Both technology and music can affect one’s life in either good or bad way such that they are also related to each other. Technology had always had a dominant role in human history like music since the 1900s. Since then, the advancement of technology had create ‘miracle’ with music such that people won’t be able to imagine the effect back in 19th century....   [tags: playing piano, recording technology]

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The Significance of Our Childhood: How We Fail to Recognize It

- In D.H. Lawrence’s poem “Piano,” the author describes a moment in time in which he heard a piano playing in the background. However, something about this moment was special; because it caused an uncontrollable flood of emotional childhood memories that eventually cause him to “weep like a child for the past” (3,12). By using creative quatrains consisting of couplets in each of the three stanzas, the author helps the reader realize how past experiences can easily trigger an emotional response when you least expect it....   [tags: D.H. Lawrence's poem Piano]

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Symbolism in Two Kinds by Amy Tan and Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- In the story, Two Kinds by Amy Tan, the most predominant object would be the piano. The mother has it set in her head that her daughter, Jing-Mei can and will become a child prodigy. The mother hires a teacher that lives in their apartment building. Jing-Mei constantly feels like she is a disappointment to her mother. Her mother had very distinct goals for Jing-Mei and this is way she always felt that she was disappointing her. Jing-Mei was forced to take piano lessons; this only further upset her as she felt that she was a constant disappointment....   [tags: piano, quilt, heritage]

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Classical And Romantic Era Of The Moonlight Sonata

- Ludwig van Beethoven was an exceptional composer and musician in his time period for numerous reasons. He produced countless symphonies, sonatas, masses, and even an opera. He was a very talented man in the Classical and Romantic era, and he will be remembered for many centuries to come. One of his works that intrigues me the most is his Piano Sonata No. 14, otherwise known as the Moonlight Sonata. Not only is it a hauntingly beautiful piece, but it is also very historically significant. Completed in 1801, the Moonlight Sonata stretched the boundaries of music in Beethoven’s time period....   [tags: Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano]

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New Orleans: Jazz and Gobbledygooky Cook

- On some days, my favorite thing to do is stroll the streets of the New Orleans French Quarter as street musicians’ jazzy chord voicings pull me in. On others, I prefer to sit in an eighteenth century concert hall in Vienna while an orchestra and a pianist perform a concerto with the richness and vibrancy that Mozart intended. And sometimes, I can’t help but melt into “Imagine” as John Lennon sits beside me and sings his magnum opus of toleration and acceptance. All of these realities are possible every time I sit down at a piano....   [tags: piano, music, emotion]

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A Report About a Concert Attended

- I attended a concert that was a piano trio. The instruments were obviously a piano, a cello, and a violin. The concert was done by two adults and one student. The student played the cello. The concert was held here on Oklahoma State's campus at Willard Hall. The room it was held in was a relatively small room. It wasn't a real concert hall it was more of a small kind of parlor room. Piano trios are meant for smaller audiences, so it worked out well. There was about 30 people in the room attending the performance....   [tags: piano, cello, violin]

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The Man with the Gifted Hands

- Throughout the interview it became more apparent just how serious Alex took the piano and music as a whole. So the question of if he had ever competed formulated in my head. When I asked he responded with “I’ve competed quite a bit in different things. I competed as accompanist to make it to all-state level in high school which was very competitive. I also competed at the Chautauqua piano festival and actually made it to the semi-finals one year which was very exciting.” Then he said something that made me truly respect him as a musician....   [tags: piano, music, alex]

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Parents Are The Most Important Teachers

- ... Is it wrong to punish a child for not being successful, or is it wrong to be lenient and have low expectations for a child. Both Chinese-style and Western-style parents want their children to be successful, but approach this goal in different ways due to variations in the definition of success and the culturally relative assumptions about the nature of relationships between children and parents. In Amy Chua’s article, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” and Hanna Rosin’s “Mother Inferior," both parents want what is best for their kids, but their parenting styles are on opposite ends of the spectrum....   [tags: Parent, Parenting, Piano, Childhood]

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Antonio Dvorak Musical Talents Are a Gift From God

- "Do not wonder that I am so religious. An artist who is not could not produce anything like this." (-Antonio Dvorak) A person of humble origins and demeanor and of deep faith, Antonio Dvořák often attributed his musical talents as being "a gift from God." His Bohemian nationalist music spurred generations of folk and romantic music to continue on into the 19th Contrary. He followed the path of God and it showed through in his music. To further understand the totality of Dvorak’s life, we must examine his personal life, career, and legacy....   [tags: piano, organ, conservatory]

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