Writers at Stanton - Michael Atherton

27-Nov-2018 • 1pm


Michael Atherton - A Coveted Possession, The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia


From the arrival of a square piano at Sydney Cove in 1788 to the resurrection of derelict heirloom pianos in the streets of twenty-first century Melbourne, A Coveted Possession tells the curious story of Australia's intimate relationship with the piano. It's an insightful, beautifully illustrated multi-stranded cultural history that reveals the material, social and political worlds in which the ivories were tinkled, the shifting aspirations embodied by this instrument and the way it came to fulfil powerful educational, social and spiritual purposes.