The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson
Author: August Wilson
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780593087596
Available:
Release: 2019-08-06
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, this modern American classic is about family, and the legacy of slavery in America. August Wilson has already given the American theater such spell-binding plays about the black experience in 20th-century America as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences. In his second Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Piano Lesson, Wilson has fashioned perhaps his most haunting and dramatic work. At the heart of the play stands the ornately carved upright piano which, as the Charles family's prized, hard-won possession, has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles's Pittsburgh home. When Boy Willie, Berniece's exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell their antique piano for the hard cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. This dilemma is the real "piano lesson," reminding us that blacks are often deprived both of the symbols of their past and of opportunity in the present.

The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson
Author: August Wilson
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780452265349
Available:
Release: 1990
Editor: Drama, Plume
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Boy Willie wants to sell the family's prized upright piano to purchase some land, the family must re-evaluate the piano's true worth

August Wilson s The Piano Lesson

August Wilson s The Piano Lesson
Author: August Wilson
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780573704741
Available:
Release: 2021
Editor: Concord Theatricals
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It is 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Pages: 15
ISBN: 9781410334978
Available:
Release: 2015-09-24
Editor: Gale, Cengage Learning
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson
Author: Cengage Learning Gale
Pages: 27
ISBN: 1535838868
Available:
Release: 2015
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

How to Play the Piano

How to Play the Piano
Author: James Rhodes
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781615195497
Available:
Release: 2019-04-02
Editor: The Experiment
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now you can master Bach’s most beautiful prelude—even if you’ve never sat down at a piano before! Do you have a piano (or keyboard) and forty-five spare minutes every day? Then spend the next six weeks with acclaimed concert pianist James Rhodes. By the end, you’ll be able to perform Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C major—no prior musical experience required! Rhodes reveals How to Play the Piano step by step—how to read the treble and bass clefs as well as sharp and flat notes, and then how to practice—before teaching the Prelude in easy, bite-size segments. His method is free of tedious drills, and filled with inspiration: “If listening to music is soothing for the soul, then playing music is achieving enlightenment.” Before you know it, not only will you have learned how to play one of Bach’s most beloved masterpieces—you also will have unleashed your creativity, exercising your mind (and fingers) and accomplishing something you never thought possible. Bravo! Includes four instructional videos supported by select e-reader devices.

August Wilson s Jitney

August Wilson s Jitney
Author: August Wilson
Pages: 97
ISBN: 0573627959
Available:
Release: 2002
Editor: Concord Theatricals
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Regular cabs will not travel to the Pittsburgh Hill District of the 1970s, and so the residents turn to each other. Jitney dramatizes the lives of men hustling to make a living as jitneys--unofficial, unlicensed taxi cab drivers. When the boss Becker's son returns from prison, violence threatens to erupt. What makes this play remarkable is not the plot; Jitney is Wilson at his most real--the words these men use and the stories they tell form a true slice of life."--The Wikipedia entry, accessed 5/22/2014.

See What Can Be Done

See What Can Be Done
Author: Lorrie Moore
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780385691321
Available:
Release: 2018-04-03
Editor: Bond Street Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A welcome surprise: more than fifty prose pieces, gathered together for the first time, by one of America's most revered and admired novelists and short-story writers, whose articles, essays and cultural commentary-- appearing in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harper's Magazine and elsewhere--have been parsing the political, artistic and media idiom for the last three decades. From Lorrie Moore's earliest reviews of novels by Margaret Atwood and Nora Ephron, to an essay on Ezra Edelman's 2016 O.J. Simpson documentary, and everything in between: this book features Moore on the writing of fiction (the work of V. S. Pritchett, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, Stanley Elkin, Dawn Powell, Nicholson Baker et al.) . . . on the continuing unequal state of race in America . . . on the shock of the shocking GOP . . . on the dangers (and cruel truths) of celebrity marriages and love affairs . . . on the wilds of television (The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Into the Abyss, Girls, Homeland, True Detective, Making a Murderer) . . . on the (d)evolving environment . . . on terrorism, the historical imagination and the world's newest form of novelist . . . on the lesser (and larger) lives of biography and the midwifery between art and life (Anaïs Nin, Marilyn Monroe, John Cheever, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eudora Welty, Bernard Malamud, among others) . . . and on the high art of being Helen Gurley Brown . . . and much, much more. "Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore" (Harper's Magazine).

The Bear and the Piano

The Bear and the Piano
Author: David Litchfield
Pages: 30
ISBN: 9781786035608
Available:
Release: 2019-03-04
Editor: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One day, a young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest. As time passes, he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument, and eventually the beautiful sounds are heard by a father and son who are picnicking in the woods. The bear goes with them on an incredible journey to New York, where his piano playing makes him a huge star. He has fame, fortune and all the music in the world, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. This best-selling tale of exploration and belonging, which won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016, Illustrated Book Category, is now available in board book.

Alfred s Basic Adult Piano Course Christmas Piano Book 2

Alfred s Basic Adult Piano Course  Christmas Piano Book 2
Author: Willard A. Palmer,Morton Manus,Amanda Vick Lethco
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1457422743
Available:
Release: 2005-05-03
Editor: Alfred Music
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Popular Christmas carols are arranged in graded order with optional duet parts to provide pleasure and satisfaction during the Christmas season for students using Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course. Titles: * Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly * Foom, Foom, Foom! * Go Tell It on the Mountain * Joy to the World * March of the Three Kings * Mary's Cradle Song * O Holy Night * O Thou Joyful Day * Silent Night * Sing Noel, Noel! * The Twelve Days of Christmas * Ukranian Bell Carol * We Three Kings of Orient Are * We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Play Piano in a Flash

Play Piano in a Flash
Author: Scott Houston
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0316287288
Available:
Release: 2014
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As seen on public television stations nationwide, a revolutionary new approach to playing non-classical music on the piano. Have you ever wished you could play the piano Well, now you can! Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston teaches you to play the way the pros play, in a style enormously simpler than traditional classical piano and with an absolute minimum of note-reading. By focusing on playing the melody with the right hand (one note at a time) and simple chords with the left hand, Houston gives you the tools you need for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Best of all, your tour guide to this adventure forces you to have fun along the way!

Note by Note

Note by Note
Author: Tricia Tunstall
Pages: 224
ISBN: 1416564861
Available:
Release: 2008-04-15
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this luminous book, Tricia Tunstall explores the enduring fascination of the piano lesson. Even as everything else about the world of music changes, the piano lesson retains its appeal. Drawing on her own lifelong experience as a student and teacher, Tunstall writes about the mysteries and delights of piano teaching and learning. What is it that happens in a piano lesson to make it such a durable ritual? In a world where music is heard more often on the telephone and in the elevator than in the concert hall, why does the piano lesson still have meaning in the lives of children? What does it matter whether one more child learns to play Bach's Minuet in G? Note by Note is in part a memoir in which Tunstall recalls her own childhood piano teachers and their influence. As she observes, the piano lesson is unlike the experience of being coached on an athletic team or taught in a classroom, in that it is a one-on-one, personal communication. Physically proximate, mutually concentrating on the transfer of a skill that is often arduous, complicated and frustrating, teacher and student occasionally experience breakthroughs-moments of joy when the student has learned something, mastered a musical passage or expressed a feeling through music. The relationship is not only one-way: teaching the piano is a lifelong endeavor of particular intensity and power. Anyone who has ever studied the piano-or wanted to-will cherish this gem of a book.

Writing history

Writing history
Author: Andreas Fingas
Pages: 13
ISBN: 9783640133147
Available:
Release: 2008-08-11
Editor: GRIN Verlag
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Bamberg, course: African American Drama, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: History is an issue of great meaning within the works of August Wilson. In this paper shall be analysed through which channels and with which methods the author transports not only the history of a family, but also the history of slavery interwoven with the experiences of the characters and their ancestors in the award winning novel The Piano Lesson. In this process of analysis we will find, that Wilson proposes a concept of memory that can be summed up with the term “kommunikatives Gedächtnis” which was coined by Jan and Aleida Assmann and further developed by Harald Welzer. For better understanding the term “communicative memory” will be used instead. In his play Wilson uses the method of storytelling. Through this we can see how the characters within the play communicate with each other and on one level transport communicative memory. But on the other level the reader becomes a silent listener participating in these conversations and in this role is able to read historical elements from the subtext of the stories told. In the last chapter August Wilson’s way of communicating memory will be compared to Toni Morrison’s approach in Site of Memory. What the reader finds in the first lines of the play is a short description of the setting. This short text tells about the Charles’ house and the people who live in it. Most of the description however is concerned with the piano. “What time or period is the setting for The Piano Lesson? That was the first question asked by the late great Chinese actor and director Ying Roucheng after he read the play in 1991.” His confusion concerning the time in which the action of the play is set can be understood easily, because nothing in the secondary text informs the reader about the temporal conditions of the play. It is necessary to take a closer look at the primary text to find the hints Wilson gives to define the temporal situation. The most prominent of those hints can be found in Doaker’s story about the piano when he says, that his older brother Boy Charles “would have been fifty-seven if he had lived. He died in 1911 when he was thirty-one years old.” Subsequently the reader has to do the math. Knowing this, the play must take place in the year 1936 or 1937.

Joe Turner s Come and Gone

Joe Turner s Come and Gone
Author: August Wilson
Pages: 168
ISBN: 0573691428
Available:
Release: 1990
Editor: Samuel French, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Drama / Casting: 6m, 5f / Scenery: Interior Sets Set in a black boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars and Fences is an installment in the author's series chronicling black life in each decade of this century. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy u

Two Trains Running

Two Trains Running
Author: August Wilson
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780593087626
Available:
Release: 2019-08-06
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences and The Piano Lesson comes a “vivid and uplifting” (Time) play about unsung men and women who are anything but ordinary. August Wilson established himself as one of our most distinguished playwrights with his insightful, probing, and evocative portraits of Black America and the African American experience in the twentieth century. With the mesmerizing Two Trains Running, he crafted what Time magazine called “his most mature work to date.” It is Pittsburgh, 1969, and the regulars of Memphis Lee’s restaurant are struggling to cope with the turbulence of a world that is changing rapidly around them and fighting back when they can. The diner is scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the city’s renovation project that is sweeping away the buildings of a community, but not its spirit. For just as sure as an inexorable future looms right around the corner, these people of “loud voices and big hearts” continue to search, to father, to persevere, to hope. With compassion, humor, and a superb sense of place and time, Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in the shadow of great events.

Piano Lesson Book

Piano Lesson Book
Author: Willard A. Palmer,Morton Manus,Amanda Vick Lethco
Pages: 48
ISBN: 0739005448
Available:
Release: 1983-06
Editor: Alfred Music Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. Lesson Book 5 concepts include the ornaments: long appoggiatura, short appoggiatura, trill and mordent; plus arpeggios; the A Major scale; and the keys of B minor and C minor. Also introduces the playing of minuets, sonatinas, preludes and arias. For reinforcement of each principle as it is introduced, supplementary material is carefully coordinated, page for page, at each level of instruction. Coordinating supplemental books for Level 5 include: Classic Themes * Ear Training * Merry Christmas * Recital * Repertoire * Theory and Top Hits! Solo. Songs include: An American Hymn (Lowry) * Aria from "The Marriage of Figaro" (Mozart) * Bagatelle (Diabelli) * Ballade (Burgmuller) * Brazilian Holiday * Loch Lomond * Magic Carpet Ride * A Miniature Overture * Minuet (Bohm) * Prelude in C Major (Bach) * Prelude in C Minor (Morovsky) * Rondeau (Mouret) * Scene from "Swan Lake" (Tchaikovsky) * Sonata in the Style of Scarlatti * Sonatina on Three French Folk Tunes * Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 1, 1st Mvmt. (Clementi) * Spanish Dance * The Tailor's Song * Theme (Corelli) * Variations on a Sea Chanty * A Very Special Day (Palmer)

Study Guide for The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

Study Guide for The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
Author: Meiling Cheng
Pages: 329
ISBN: OCLC:54180468
Available:
Release: 1987
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher
Author: Janice Y. K. Lee
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781440656309
Available:
Release: 2009-01-13
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A rare and exquisite story . . . Transports you out of time, out of place, into a world you can feel on your very skin." —Elizabeth Gilbert The New York Times bestseller Janice Y.K. Lee's latest novel, The Expatriates, is now available from Penguin In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, Janice Y.K. Lee's debut novel is a tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong. In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher and also begins a fateful affair. As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, impossible choices emerge-between love and safety, courage and survival, the present, and above all, the past.

Step by Step Piano Course

Step by Step Piano Course
Author: Edna Mae Burnam
Pages: 44
ISBN: 0877180369
Available:
Release: 2005-07-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Beginner Piano/Keyboard Instruction

Piano Adventures Level 2B

Piano Adventures Level 2B
Author: Nancy Faber,Randall Faber
Pages: 55
ISBN: 1616770848
Available:
Release: 1997-01-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Piano/Keyboard Methods/Series