The Piano in Colonial South Australia and Beyond

Tue May 24 2022 at 02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Madley Rehearsal Studio | Adelaide

The Piano in Colonial South Australia and Beyond
A lecture with live performances of piano music spanning the nineteenth century.
About this Event

What can the piano tell us about our past? A lot, says pianist and historian Ben Nicholls. After the first Governor’s piano floated ashore in 1837, pianos powerfully shaped people’s public and private lives through to the 1920s. Hear excerpts of the era’s music and discover what the piano meant for colony, empire, and fledgeling nation. The presentation will draw from diaries, journals, the local press, and imaginative fiction. Learn how Catherine Helen Spence deployed the piano in her novels, and how popular sheet music brought military brigades and the Federal movement into peoples homes. This is South Australian history as you have never heard it before.

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Madley Rehearsal Studio, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia


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