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Written by Graciela
(9/11/2009 1:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Pianofortes, penned by Barbara
I agree that it was a custom to have a pianoforte at a gentleman's home. Playing was one of the expected ladies' accomplishments, and it provided entertainment. Even if there was no one at the family who could play it, there could always have been a guest or neighbor who could do it.
Sir John was fond of giving parties and balls, and I assume that the pianoforte played and important part in them.
Note that perhaps nowadays we think of piano music as "concert music" but then it was just "music". (Sorry, I can't express myself better).
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