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Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
Date: circa 1915
Media: wood, ivory
Contributed by: Portland Public Library
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1962
Media: Film transparency
During the second half of the 19th century, "Hermann Kotzschmar" was a familiar household name in Portland. He spent 59 years in his adopted city as a teacher, choral conductor, concert artist, and church organist.
A fire and two men whose lives were entwined for more than 50 years resulted in what is now considered to be "the Jewel of Portland" -- the Austin organ that was given to the city of Portland in 1912.
Before the era of recorded music and radio, nearly every community had a band that played at parades and other civic events. Fire departments had bands, military units had bands, theaters had bands. Band music was everywhere.
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That was equal to fifty-two pianos on the island. Family members would not only learn how to play the piano but many people could also play a guitar…
Another first is the piano that General Crosby is said to have brought to Hampden around 1800; the first piano in the Penobscot Valley.
… of a chorus from Aida, accompanied by two or more pianos, while an appreciative audience looked on. Begun in 1984 as an attempt to bring attention…