Publication of solicited book review for The Galpin Society:
STEWART POLLENS: Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017, xv, 384 pp. ISBN 978-1-107-09657-8, £74.99, $120.
appearing in GSJ Volume LXXII (March 2019)
I was honored to be asked to write an article about my friend and mentor, Margaret Hood for The Piano Technicians Journal
“Margaret Hood: Piano Maker, Artist, Philosopher, Mentor”, Piano Technicians Journal, Vol. 59, no. 11, (November 2016), 16-19.
I’m pleased to announce the acceptance of an article to Oxford Bibliographies. They inform me that the official citation form is as follows:
Acker, Anne. “Electronic and Computer Music Instruments.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Ed. Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Acker, Anne. “Electronic and Computer Music Instruments.” Oxford Bibliographies in “Music”. Ed. Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, published and last modified May 24, 2017. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199757824/obo-9780199757824-0204.xml?rskey=CWgeI4&result=47
Cleaning out some files today, I rediscovered a old publication from Continuo Magazine, December 1997. Richard Turner and I had been asked to write an article by publisher Matthew Redsell to compliment our then new recording of 19th century American songs, “Voices That Are Gone”. It has some nice photos in it including one of Richard and myself researching at the Library of Congress with librarian Wayne Shirley.
Reviewed for The American Musical Instrument Society Journal, JAMIS (41) 2015
The Art of Tuning: A Self-Guided Manual for Piano Tuning, Design, Action Regulation and Repair from mid-19th century France: For the Piano Owner and Technician, as well as Guidelines for Training the Blind and Visually Impaired, translated by Fred Sturm, Kansas City: Piano Technicians Guild Foundation, 2015
I had the great weight and pleasure of serving as a Senior Editor as well as a writer for the 2nd edition of The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. My responsibilities included all stringed keyboard instrument related articles, some other keyboard articles, all Electronics related entries, as well as all ‘odd’ difficult to categorize instruments, and assisting with acoustics, temperament and whatever needed more hands on deck in a hurry. I wrote too many articles to list here, but perhaps one of my favorites was The Cosmophone, should you care to look that up.
I cannot say enough good things about our amazing Editor in Chief, Laurence Libin, who is a true inspiration of energy, detail, excellence, unbelievable slicing of word counts to the bone, and good humor.
I have accepted a part time position as Contributing Editor for the 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, Oxford University Press.
An article on the issues and solutions for import and export of instruments with ivory keys.
“Importing and Exporting Pianos: or When is a Piano Like an Elephant”
Piano Technicians Journal May 2011 Vol. 54 No. 5
An article on the complications of restoring antique pianos in a world where many technicians do not understand conservation methods.
“Was this Piano Restored: A True Life Adventure”
Piano Technicians Journal February 2011 issue Vol. 54 No. 2