Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand – review

By Philip Norman In Books

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For a book replete with the buzzword “narrative” in its text, Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand is remarkably free of narrative thread. Any sense of progression is provided not by author Kirstine Moffat’s prose, but by her deft ordering of the many and varied anecdotes, incidents and reminiscences she has collected about the life and times of the piano in New Zealand, c1830-1930. The 275-page book has the appearance of a work of scholarly writing, and was backed by support from the Marsden Fund as well as a research grant from the ...

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