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The Lost Pianos of Siberia

The Lost Pianos of Siberia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Roberts, Sophy

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In the late 1700s Catherine the Great embraced the craze for pianos that had swept western Europe since the 1500s, but had barely made an impact in Russia. Her influence on musical culture was significant and production of pianos moved eastwards from London, Paris and Vienna to M...oscow and St Petersburg, where thousands of exquisite grands were manufactured. These pianos made their way throughout the Russian Empire, ending up in far-flung, exotic and unexpected locations, including Siberia. Covering a ninth of the world's landmass, Siberia has long held meaning for travellers - a hostile, snow covered landscape beneath which lies prehistoric animals preserved in permafrost; a juncture between east and west where armies set up forts to secure the huge swathes of land; a land still inhabited by wild tigers, bears and leopards, connected to the rest of Russia by the Trans-Siberian Railway. And peppered throughout this much-maligned expanse are pianos. Sophy Roberts weaves together the story of these forgotten and lost instruments - languishing in the vast landscape - with the history of Siberia, its people and its musical legacy. Fusing nature writing, travelogue and memoir, The Lost Pianos of Siberia is an original, lyrical exploration of the mysterious allure of one of the most remote places on earth.
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ISBN 9780857524959
Released NZ 4 Feb 2020
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780857524959
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Doubleday
Released 4 Feb 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Roberts, Sophy
Category Musical Instruments: Keyboard
Social & Cultural History
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 31mm
Dewey Code 915.704864
Weight 577g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Siberia Russia - Description and travel
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade