player piano


Definition of player piano

: a piano containing a mechanism by which it plays automatically

Examples of player piano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gershwin wrote a number of piano rolls meant to be performed on a player piano. Sheryl Devore,, 16 Feb. 2022 The often-uneven payouts for artists and their record labels can also be traced to the early 1900s with another advancement in music technology: the player piano. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 For 10 minutes each hour, visitors hear what seem to be random notes from the scroll of an antique 1921 player piano. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 June 2021 Then came player piano rolls, vinyl records, CDs and now streaming, innovations that whittled the tangible contribution to music down to almost nothing. Greg Ip, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2020 That digital stream could be reverse-programmed into the animation in a way that worked almost like a player piano signaling to the animators which key was being played with each note. New York Times, 25 Dec. 2020 The physics teacher, Jack Gibbs, is working on a history of the player piano—a project Gaddis himself labored over throughout his life—that has grown out of control. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 At the Curran, in another sellout, the San Francisco Symphony debuted a performance on a mechanical player piano, executing a preprogramed performance from star pianist Harold Bauer. Peter Hartlaub,, 30 Aug. 2020 Perhaps there’s some in the back game room, where a billiards table is serenaded by a working player piano alongside the original bar from the St. Regis Hotel in New York. Tim Latterner, House Beautiful, 13 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of player piano

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of player piano was in 1905

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“Player piano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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