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Four-Handed Monsters: Four-Hand Piano Playing and Nineteenth-Century Culture

Adrian Daub


The book provides the first in-depth study of four-hand piano playing as both a musical and a cultural phenomenon. It argues that through the newly emergent forms of dissemination that became possible in the nineteenth century, and in concert with the ever more popular piano, four-hand piano playing became a central organizing institution of nineteenth-century home culture. In the course of the nineteenth century, four-hand piano playing emerged across Europe as a popular pastime of the well-heeled classes and of those looking to join them. All canonic works of classical music were set for pia ... More

Keywords: Four-hand piano, transcription, domestic culture, eroticism, gender, pianism, privacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199981779
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199981779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Daub, author
Stanford University