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Current News - New CD of Pianola Music

NMC Records new CD of Aeolian Company Pianola Commissions.

In the summer of 2007, the Pianola Institute co-operated with NMC Records, another British non-profit company, in the creation of a new CD of Pianola compositions and arrangements, based around the series of fifteen specially commissioned rolls published in the autumn of 1921 by the Aeolian Company in London. From the Friends of the Pianola Institute, Rex Lawson played the Pianola, Richard Black engineered the recording and Denis Hall acted as musical advisor, and a number of other Friends helped by lending music rolls and scores.

NMC Records is due to publish the CD on 12 May 2008, and we hope to have copies for sale in our web shop in due course, but in the meantime you can find out more about the CD by looking at NMC's website, where audio samples are also available.

The Pianola Institute was launched in 1985 to breathe new life into player pianos around the world, and to lure them back into the mainstream of music by means of recordings, exhibitions, publications and archive and study facilities.

The Aims of the Pianola Institute:
A small number of pianola owners and musicians have been concerned for some time at the unnatural break between the world of music rolls and the world of music.  Few members of the musical public know much about player pianos, and the Institute aims to bring about a better understanding and appreciation of the instrument in a number of ways.

The Institute publishes an annual Journal, and presents regular concerts. Occasional CD recordings are produced.

The Pianola Institute will endeavour to preserve, research and document the pianola's history, to improve the instrument's present standing, and, by the commissioning of new compositions, to ensure that it remains an important musical force for the future.

On this website you will find information about the history and development of the pianola, and also about the Pianola Institute itself. Take the time to browse - we have many mp3 audio files, several instruction booklets on playing different types of pianolas, published as Adobe pdf files, and a wealth of fascinating facts and pertinent pictures, all available free of charge. If you would like to subscribe to the Pianola Journal, look on our Pianola Journal or Friends of the Institute pages. If you would like more information, you can email us at: info@rexlawson.org

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