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“A funny, savage appraisal of a totally automated American society of the future.”—San Francisco Chronicle Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut—wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality. Praise for Player Piano “An exuberant, crackling style . . . Vonnegut is a black humorist, fantasist and satirist, a man disposed to deep and comic reflection on the human dilemma.”—Life “His black logic . . . gives us something to laugh about and much to fear.”—The New York Times Book Review
Kurt Vonnegut?s first novel Player Piano, published in 1952, heralded the beginning of one of the most diverting and provocative adventures in modern American fiction. Vonnegut went on to write novels that perhaps had greater formal skill and technique, but Player Piano is a tour de force of imaginative insight into modern life and a shrewd satire of American progress.
Instructions On How To Rebuild The Player Piano And Related Instruments.
This is the second book I the Complete Piano Player course and is every bit as rewarding as the first. You will learn how to play songs by Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, The Beatles and more, while introducing new notes for both hands, extending past the range of the original five-finger position. Letter names will appear alongside new notes only. Carefully follow the lessons and you will find you have learned all about accidentals, chord symbols, dotted rhythms and wrist staccato, as well as having increased your repertoire and grown as a musician Remember playing little and often is the best way to make rapid progress and become the complete piano player. Songlist: - A Hard Days Night [The Beatles] - Bright Eyes [Art Garfunkel] - By The Time I Get To Phoenix [Glen Campbell] - Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) [Trad.] - Guantanamera [Trad.] - He'll Have To Go [Jim reeves] - Laughing Samba [Edmundo Ros] - Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry [Trad.] - Let It Be [The Beatles] - Liebestraum [Liszt] - My Own True Love (from Gone With the Wind) - Plaisir D'amour [Martini] - Puff The Magic Dragon [Peter, Paul & Mary] - Sailing [Colin Downs] - Silent Night [Trad.] - Take Me Home Country Roads [John Denver] - The Winner Takes It All [ABBA] - Those Lazy Crazy Days Of Summer [Nat king Cole] - Under The Bridges Of Paris [Dean Martin] - What Kind Of Fool Am I? - William Tell Overture – Theme [Rossini] - Wooden Heart [Elvis Presley]
"'Player-Piano' tells for the first time the fascinating story of the mechanical piano from earliest times up to the heyday of the instrument in the 1930s. Never before has this story been related, although the end of the player-piano is certainly still within the living memory of most of us and many hundreds of these devices are still to be found in our homes. In addition to telling the story of the development of these pianos which strove to produce perfect music without the need for skills on the part of the 'performer', this book sets out in copious detail exactly how these complex mechanisms work. For the owner of an instrument, step by step instructions for the restoration and preservation of both the early barrel-playing pianos and the most sophisticated player and reproducing instruments are given. To fully illustrate their development, design and mechanical processes, no less than 112 plates and 110 long drawings are included."--Jacket.
By the early 20th century the machine aesthetic was a well-established and dominant interest that fundamentally transformed musical performance and listening practices. While numerous scholars have examined this aesthetic in art and literature, musical compositions representing industrialized labor practices and the role of the machine in music remain largely unexplored. Moreover, in recounting the history of machines in musical recording and reproduction, scholars often tend to emphasize the phonograph, rather than player piano, despite the latter’s prominence within the newly established musical marketplace. Machines and their music influenced multiple areas of early 20th-century musical culture, from film scores to popular music and even the concert hall. But the opposite was also true: industrialized labor practices changed the musical marketplace and musical culture as a whole. As consumers accepted mechanical replacements for what previously required an active human laborer, ghostly, mechanical performers labored tirelessly in parlors, businesses, and even concert halls. Although the player piano failed to maintain a stronghold in the recorded music marketplace after 1930, the widespread acceptance of recording technologies as media for storing and enjoying music indicates a much more fundamental societal shift. This book explores that shift, examining the rise and fall of the player piano in early 20th-century society and connecting it to the digital technologies of today.
100 Different Ways to play the same song. Piano students learn 100 fun left hand patterns to take any music and change it up 100 different ways. Also included in the book is the FUN FAKEBOOK which includes 100 piano pieces in facebook format where the melody (Right Hand - treble clef) and the given chords for each measure are shown. The students can then fake or make up a left hand pattern to go along with the melody.
A talented mouse earns her fame by chewing holes and discovers her muscial gift.
Book 5 of this popular series will teach you new skills and techniques while reinforcing skills already learned. You will learn more about phrasing and how dynamics in music can transform your playing. Four new keys are introduced and new left hand techniques are introduced.
Henry Cage seemed to have it all. A successful business career, considerable wealth, and a reputation for being a just and principled man. But public virtues can conceal private failings, and as Henry faces retirement, his well-ordered life begins to unravel. On the eve of the new millennium he is the victim of a random act of violence which soon escalates into a prolonged persecution, with tragic consequences. Family secrets are revealed, and when his ex-wife Nessa summons Henry to Palm Beach, he realises that there is little time to redress the mistakes of the past. The Upright Piano Player explores with a tender, yet unflinching eye the small but devastating flaws in human nature that can shape our destinies.