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The Pianolist A Guide for Pianola Players   By: (1857-1918)

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

THE PIANOLIST

THE PIANOLIST

A GUIDE FOR PIANOLA PLAYERS

BY

GUSTAV KOBBÉ

AUTHOR OF "HOW TO APPRECIATE MUSIC," ETC.

NEW YORK MOFFAT, YARD & COMPANY 1907

COPYRIGHT 1907, BY MOFFAT, YARD & COMPANY NEW YORK

Published November, 1907

PRESS OF THE NEW ERA PRINTING COMPANY LANCASTER, PA

TO MY FRIEND JOSEPH HUTCHISON STEVENSON

CONTENTS

I. THE TITLE AND PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK 1

II. THE CHARM OF PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT YOURSELF 10

III. FIRST STEPS OF THE MUSICAL NOVICE 39

IV. THE THRILL OF THE GREAT MASTERS 83

V. AN "OPEN SESAME" TO CHOPIN 117

VI. NOTES ON SOME OTHER MASTERS 141

VII. EDUCATIONAL FACTORS 150

VIII. A FEW "DON'TS" FOR PIANOLISTS 159

I. THE TITLE AND PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK

My book, "How to Appreciate Music," in the chapter devoted to the pianoforte, contains a paragraph relating to the Pianola and its influence in popularizing music and stimulating musical taste. I confess that before I started that paragraph I was puzzled to know what term to use in designating the instrument I had in mind. "Mechanical piano player" is a designation which not only does not appeal to me, but, furthermore, fails to do justice to the instrument, which, although mechanical in its working, is far from being mechanical in its effects.

The result? I took a cross cut and arrived straight at the word Pianola as being the name of the most widely known piano player, and happily derived from the name of the most widely known instrument, the pianoforte or, as it is more popularly termed, the piano. For this reason the term Pianola was used in the paragraph referred to and now is employed in this book; and, for the same reason, this book is called "The Pianolist." It is believed to be the title least requiring explanation, if, indeed, it requires any explanation at all. Right here, however, I must add that the company which manufactures the Pianola objects to the use of the word as a generic term.

So much for the title. Now for the purpose of this book.

Soon after the publication of "How to Appreciate Music" I discovered that the paragraph concerning this new musical instrument had made a hit. It was widely quoted as evidence of the "up to dateness" of the book and I began to receive letters from pianola owners who were pleased that the merits of the instrument should have been recognized in a serious book on music. Among these was a letter from a Mr. Harry Mason, of Detroit, suggesting that I should write a book for the use of those who owned piano players. Mr. Mason and myself never have met. He knows me merely as an author of a book on music. All I know of him is that he is one of the editors of a druggists' trade paper in Detroit. Yet from him has come the suggestion which has led me to write this book, although, to judge from his letter, he had not been deeply interested in music until he began to use a "player" and, through it, was led to ask for a book which would tell him, in untechnical language, something about an art that was beginning to have eloquence and meaning for him... Continue reading book >>




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