Why the Sounds of Piano Are Crucial to the Play “Hedda Gabler”

In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Lady Russell convinces Anne not to marry Frederick Wentworth as she finds him unworthy of Anne. Similarly, in Hedda Gabler, Hedda herself conceals her knowledge of and destroys Eilert’s manuscript in order to end his and Thea’s relationship. Involving oneself in other’s affairs can satisfy one’s desire for control. However, this … Read more

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C Minor: A look at the mixed elements

The third movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 is an excellent example of sonata-rondo form. It conforms to the expectations of a hybrid of this kind, utilizing elements of both the sonata and seven-part rondo (ABACABA) forms. It completes four full rotations as described in Hepokoski and Darcy’s model, including a … Read more

Boy Willie and His Relationship with the Piano in The Piano Lesson, a Play by August Wilson

Songs of Pride, Chords of Power “The Piano Lesson”, written by August Wilson, utilizes the relationship between past, present and future to convey a deeper message of power through ancestry. The key symbol in this story is an old classical piano engraved with carvings of the Charles family. Boy Willie a current day member of … Read more

Boy Willie and His Relationship with the Piano in The Piano Lesson, a Play by August Wilson

Songs of Pride, Chords of Power “The Piano Lesson”, written by August Wilson, utilizes the relationship between past, present and future to convey a deeper message of power through ancestry. The key symbol in this story is an old classical piano engraved with carvings of the Charles family. Boy Willie a current day member of … Read more

Role of History and Past in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson

Afro-American writers made the political choice of speaking up for themselves by articulating their thoughts, when they veritably vowed to own their legacy and their values. The average African-American who had not only been divested from his history and heritage, but also had been dissevered from the mainstream social life, was addressed by Wilson in … Read more