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The Piano 24 Dec 2009
The family piano - image courtesy of Nealy-j on Flickr
Should every home have one?

Once upon a time families delighted in a sing-song around this classic instrument. But what about nowadays? Architects increasingly design houses for watching television in. Musical appreciation is all about being in a private and enclosed space - listening on mobile phones and laptops with earplugs or in the bedroom with the door shut. Jane discusses whether public affection for the piano really is waning. Is the brown or black upright just another thing that's bound to go out of fashion? Or is there something magical about the non-electric keyboard? Jane discusses the issue with Toner Quinn, Editor of The Journal of Music and the broadcaster Susan Jeffreys. And reporter Lizz Pearson visits a family who love their piano.

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