A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, by Stuart Isacoff

By Stuart Isacoff

A desirable party of the piano, together with stories of its masters from Mozart and Beethoven to Oscar Peterson and Jerry Lee Lewis, advised with the services of composer and writer of Temperament, Stuart Isacoff.
 
This background takes us again to the piano's humble genesis as an easy keyboard, and exhibits how each person from Ferdinando de’ Medici to Herbie Hancock affected its evolution of sound and impact in well known tune. offering the tool that has been on the middle of musical improvement over the centuries in all its attractiveness and complexity, this explores the piano’s functions and the diversity of emotional expression it conveys in several artists’ arms. A normal historical past of the Piano is fast moving and exciting, with attractive illustrations and images, a must-read for song enthusiasts and pianists of each level. 

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Boundary Effects There’s one further reflection issue to be wary of: a constructive low-frequency interference commonly referred to as the boundary effect. As you move a speaker closer to a room boundary, it reduces the delay between the direct and reflected sounds arriving at the listening position, making them less and less out of phase. This means that the comb filtering reduces and you start to get just a simple level reinforcement as the reflected sound adds power to the direct sound. However, for two reasons this reinforcement occurs primarily at low frequencies: first, their longer wavelengths shift less out of phase as a result of a given delay, and second, low frequencies are better transmitted by the speaker off-axis anyway.

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