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The Pianola Journal is published annually by the Pianola Institute. The journal provides unique coverage of an important area of musicology. Since the player piano first appeared at the end of the nineteenth century, a wide range of composers and musicians has written for the instrument and been fascinated by its possibilities. The Pianola Journal provides a platform for scholars and experts to explore the instrument's major contribution to twentieth century music.

Contributors have included Charles Amirkhanian, Malcolm Binns, Hugo Cole, John Farmer, Trevor Fenemore-Jones, Drue Fergison, Denis Hall, Roy Howat, Richard Howe, Rex Lawson, Mark Reinhart, Douglas Riva, Lionel Salter, Nigel Simeone and Paul Usher. The contents of each issue, together with excerpts from many articles, may be found on the individual pages listed on the left.

In late 2019 the Board of the Pianola Institute decided to make all past Pianola Journals available free online. The enforced lockown in the UK as a result of Coronavirus has provided the opportunity for scanning and/or editing all the former issues, and these can now be downloaded on their individual webpages. In future each Journal will be available online roughly one year after it has been published in print.

Subscription and Ordering Information

For libraries and other institutions, the Pianola Journal may be obtained by direct subscription from the address below. Individuals may subscribe by joining the Friends of the Pianola Institute - for details of membership, see our FPI pages. For 2006, subscriptions and memberships, which include postage and packing, are as follows:-

Institutional Subscriptions within the EU15.00
Institutional Subscriptions overseas25.00
Individual Subscriptions (FPI) within the EU12.50
Individual Subscriptions (FPI) overseas20.00

Copies of previous issues of the Pianola Journal (price 10.00, including postage and packing) may be ordered from:-

The Pianola Journal,
32, Ardgowan Road,

Please note that the prices quoted are in pounds sterling. We hope to arrange a Paypal account shortly, but at present, payment can only be accepted by sterling cheques drawn on a British bank.