The Ukulele, Canned Music and the neglect of Wind Instruments

The Argus of 1934, Friday, 11 May, page 8, lamented the popularity of canned music, as opposed to home-made music, and looked back to the days when the piano — the ‘ambition of a working class family’ in 1900 — would be learned and played by at least one member of the family. Music un-canned in 1934 came from other sources:

Today one may buy in a saleroom a cottage piano for 2 [pounds]. New amateur virtuosos of the ukulele and steel guitar have arisen to supply uncanned music. Is there no room for wind instruments — outside of the seven parliaments of Australia?

How unkind…

Published in: on January 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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