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Lost Pianos of Siberia

Lost Pianos of Siberia (Hardback)

By Roberts, Sophy

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From acclaimed journalist Sophy Roberts, a journey through one of the harshest landscapes on earth--where music reveals the deep humanity and the rich history of Siberia Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale ...to tell. Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos--grand instruments created during the boom years of the nineteenth century, as well as humble, Soviet-made uprights that found their way into equally modest homes. They tell the story of how, ever since entering Russian culture under the westernizing influence of Catherine the Great, piano music has run through the country like blood. How these pianos traveled into this snow-bound wilderness in the first place is testament to noble acts of fortitude by governors, adventurers and exiles. Siberian pianos have accomplished extraordinary feats, from the instrument that Maria Volkonsky, wife of an exiled Decembrist revolutionary, used to spread music east of the Urals, to those that brought reprieve to the Soviet Gulag. That these instruments might still exist in such a hostile landscape is remarkable. That they are still capable of making music in far-flung villages is nothing less than a miracle. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is largely a story of music in this fascinating place, fol-lowing Roberts on a three-year adventure as she tracks a number of different instruments to find one whose history is definitively Siberian. Her journey reveals a desolate land inhabited by wild tigers and deeply shaped by its dark history, yet one that is also profoundly beautiful--and peppered with pianos.
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ISBN 9780802149282
Released NZ 20 Aug 2020
Publisher Black Cat
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780802149282
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Black Cat
Imprint Black Cat
Released 20 Aug 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Roberts, Sophy
Category European History
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 43mm
Dewey Code 786.20957
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Siberia (Russia) - Description and travel, Siberia (Russia) - Social life and customs, Siberia (Russia) - History, Piano - Russia (Federation) - Siberia - History, Siberia (Russia) - Intellectual life
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade