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The Piano Lesson

Films

  1. "The Piano Lesson" a.k.a. "The Piano" is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater on the west coast of New Zealand, it revolves around the piano player's passion for playing the piano and her efforts to regain her piano after it is sold. The Piano was written and directed by Jane Campion, and stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin, in her first acting role. The film's score for the piano by Michael Nyman became a best-selling soundtrack album, and Hunter played her own piano pieces for the film. She also served as sign language teacher for Paquin, earning three screen credits. The film is an international co-production by Australian producer Jan Chapman with the French company Ciby 2000.
  2. "The Piano Lesson" is a short film.

Writings

"The Piano Lesson" is a 1990 play by American playwright August Wilson. The Piano Lesson is the fourth play in Wilson's The Pittsburgh Cycle. Wilson began writing this play by playing with the various answers regarding the possibility of "acquir[ing] a sense of self-worth by denying one's past". The Piano Lesson received the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Artwork

"The Piano Lesson" depicts the living room of Henri Matisse's home in Issy-les-Moulineaux, with his elder son, Pierre, at the piano, the artist's sculpture Decorative Figure, at bottom left, and, at upper right, his painting Woman on a High Stool. Matisse began with a naturalistic drawing, but he eliminated detail as he worked, scraping down areas and rebuilding them broad fields of color. The painting evokes a specific moment in time—light suddenly turned on in a darkening interior—by the triangle of shadow on the boy's face and the rhyming green triangle of light falling on the garden. The artist's incising on the window frame and stippling on the left side produce a pitted quality that suggests the eroding effects of light or time, a theme reiterated by the presence of the metronome and burning candle on the piano.

  • also known as Piano Lesson
  • completed in (99 years ago)
  • media: oil paint

Miscellanea

  1. The Piano Lesson is a 2012 theater production of the play by August Wilson.
  2. The Piano Lesson is a 1990-1991 theater production of the play by August Wilson.
  3. The Piano Lesson is the 1989-1990 pre-Broadway touring theater production of a play by August Wilson, performed at Washington's Kennedy Center and Los Angeles Doolittle Theater.
    • award:
      • Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater) nomination for Lloyd Richards
      • Helen Hayes Awards for outstanding Supporting Performer, Visiting Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater) nomination for Rocky Carroll
      • Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Non-Resident Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater) nomination for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
      • Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater) nomination for Charles S. Dutton
      • Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater) nomination for S. Epatha Merkerson
      • Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater), received by Charles S. Dutton

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Google previewCultural Melancholy (2015)

Readings of Race, Impossible Mourning, and African American Ritual by Jermaine Singleton

August Wilson's The Piano Lesson is a unique meditation on the lasting influence of racial structures and events from the past on the lives of postEmancipation African Americans. This paradox of the notion of “African American modernity” is ...

Google previewThe Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters (2016)

by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

the spectral appearance of an enslaved African ancestor helps unravel the title character's family history, while in August Wilson's play The Piano Lesson (1990), the action revolves around the ghost of a ...

Google previewBritannica Student Encyclopedia (2014)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

The Piano Lesson” performance picture, volume 4 page 74 Piast dynasty ( Polish ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 9: Literature by M. Thomas Inge

The Piano Lesson (1990), and Seven Guitars ( 1995).

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