Piano Day 29 March 2021
Did you know that March 29 is World Piano day?
Piano Day is celebrated on the 88th day of each year, exactly the number of keys on the piano!
The John Oxley Library is joining the celebrations by looking at the role the piano has played in shaping people’s lives. In the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries before radio a piano in the home was a popular form of entertainment with families gathering around to sing and make merry.
Women were often central to playing the piano in the home with girls encouraged to play piano from a young age. Clare Hansson, Queensland’s first lady of Jazz, lifelong love of music began at age 2 on her Grandmothers piano. Hansson began formal lessons at 5 going on to become a professional pianist and the first person to attend the Master of Fine Arts majoring in Jazz Studies at the Queensland University of Technology.
Another famous Queensland woman who took piano lessons was Ivy May Hassard shown here with fellow students in the Brisbane City Hall from 1932. Ivy went on to become a famous Aviatrix and fashion designer on the Gold Coast. More about Ivy’s life can be found via downloading the Ivy May Hassard episode of State Library's podcast, Dangerous Women.
Feeling inspired to play the piano this Piano Day?
The State Library of Queensland has digitised Piano and Music scores available through our One Search catalogue. If you're not sure where to start but are interested in trying a new piece of music browse the curated Piano & Music Scores Flickr album.