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Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
14.14 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes) (4.14 non-standard size boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Compact discs
Video recordings
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Electronic records
Date:
1996-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of materials documenting three Smithsonian Productions projects that celebrated the 300th anniversary of the piano: "People and Pianos: 300 Years," "Piano 300," and "Piano Grand!" The documentary, "People and Pianos: 300 Years," was filmed in various locations across Europe, the United States and in Japan, and featured experts and craftsmen who traced the evolution of the piano, beginning with its inception in Italy to the digital and electronic technologies of tomorrow. Performances demonstrated how the introduction of the piano influenced the development of music from classical to ragtime to jazz. The broadcast aired on PBS in December 2001. "Piano 300" was a video production that accompanied the 2000 exhibition "Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos." "Piano Grand!" was a 90 minute television performance that complimented the "Piano 300" exhibition. It was hosted by Billy Joel and featured Dave Brubeck, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other renowned pianists. It was co-produced by Maryland Public Television. Materials consist of video and audio elements, including digital betas, HDCAMS, beta SP, compact disks, MP3s, DATS, 1/2" digital audio mastering tapes, camera originals, and edited masters. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Piano  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Compact discs
Video recordings
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-211, Smithsonian Productions, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 02-211
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-211