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Chopin`s Piano - In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music
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Paul Kildea, artistic director of Musica Viva Australia, is a conductor, writer, and former artistic director of Wigmore Hall in London. He is the author of Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument That Transformed Music and Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century.

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"An exceptionally fine book: erudite, digressive, urbane and deeply moving....Mr. Kildea gracefully traverses the decades, his pages rich with period detail....Outstanding." -- Wall Street Journal
"A sweeping story....In graceful prose, Kildea explores developments in the history of piano-making, changes in the ways pianists have approached their craft, and, most luminously, the music of Chopin." -- Jonathan Rosenberg - Christian Science Monitor
"This fascinating and beautifully written book will delight music lovers." -- Roger Kamien, author of Music: An Appreciation
"Highly readable." -- Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim - New York Times Book Review
"A wonderful book about music, musicians, cultural similarities and differences, the blood and gore of revolutionary times, and the compensations of high art. Kildea writes with elegance and wit." -- The Times (London)
"Captivating and intriguing, Chopin's Piano will most certainly entertain both novice and hardcore music historians." -- New York Journal of Books
"In tracing the history of the Bauza piano and the lives of those who played it, Kildea achieves a combination of performance and reception history that makes one listen more closely to the music." -- Anna Picard - Times Literary Supplement
"Beguiling....A wonderful, melodic take on Chopin's genius." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Engrossing....A deeply researched, gracefully told music history." -- Kirkus
"Will appeal not only to readers who enjoy Chopin but also those interested in piano history." -- Library Journal

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