Michael Feinsteins American Songbook

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Clip: Season 1

Before there were computers, synthesizers, MIDI controllers, sound cards, samplers and drum machines, there were piano rolls. This seemingly simple but devilishly complex device came into being at the end of the 19th century and peaked in popularity around 1923. In this video, Peter Mintun demonstrates to Michael Feinstein a prized roll from 1925, on his immaculately maintained Welte-Mignon grand.

Aired: 10/06/10

Rating: NR

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Funding for Season Two provided by Sara P. Carruthers, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld and Lewis B. Cullman, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Irwin Helford, …