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Darius MILHAUD - La Bien-Aimée

A lost Ballet for Pianola and Orchestra

World Première Recording - May 2018

The First-ever Recording of Milhaud's 1928 Ballet, La Bien-Aimée

In the spring of 2016, thanks to the energy and enterprise of Enrique Mazzola and the Orchestre National d'Île de France, Darius Milhaud's ballet score, La Bien-Aimée, received its first performances since 1931 in the composer's original version. For many years the work was thought to be lost, but in 2003 Rex Lawson traced the manuscript score to NorthWestern University in Evanston, Illinois, which had purchased it from a British music dealer sometime in the 1970s. Now a CD recording has been made, published in May 2018 by the French record company, NoMadMusic, and this is widely available on the internet, and for download as well. For more details of this unusual project, please visit our Current News page.

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NUIT FANTÔME - Night of the Phantoms!

Pianola Concerts throughout the Night

October 6th/7th at the Philharmonie in Paris

The Studio-Philharmonie in Paris - spend the night with our ghostly pianists!

Once a year, the arts establishments in Paris open their doors through the whole of the night, with free admittance and a mouth-watering selection of artistic delights. The new concert hall on the Boulevard Périphérique, the Philharmonie de Paris, has set aside its Studio for eight-and-a-half hours of ghostly player piano music, from Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, played by Paderewski, to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Bring cushions and a thermos flask of coffee, and be ready for lift-off at 21h00 on Saturday 6th October! For a full list of concert titles, please visit our Current News page.


The Pianola Institute was launched in 1985 to breathe new life into player pianos around the world, and to lure them back into the mainstream of music by means of recordings, exhibitions, publications and archive and study facilities.

The Aims of the Pianola Institute:
A small number of pianola owners and musicians have been concerned for some time at the unnatural break between the world of music rolls and the world of music.  Few members of the musical public know much about player pianos, and the Institute aims to bring about a better understanding and appreciation of the instrument in a number of ways.

The Institute publishes an annual Journal, and presents regular concerts. Occasional CD recordings are produced.

The Pianola Institute endeavours to preserve, research and document the pianola's history, to improve the instrument's present standing, and, by the commissioning of new compositions, to ensure that it remains an important musical force for the future.

On this website you will find information about the history and development of the pianola, and also about the Pianola Institute itself. Take the time to browse - we have many mp3 audio files, several instruction booklets on playing different types of pianolas, published as pdf files, and a wealth of fascinating facts and pertinent pictures, all available free of charge. If you would like to subscribe to the Pianola Journal, look on our Pianola Journal or Friends of the Institute pages. If you would like more information, you can email us at: info@pianola.org

Site last updated: July 2018
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