Preface; Overture: 'My father sent home for the very best instrument he could find'; 'Has the piano reached you in safety?'; 'Is there a man inside?'; 'Life was insupportable without home music'; 'Concerts & socials for the promotion of good fellowship'; 'She became so engrossed in the pictures that she forgot to play'; 'The applause would be tumultuous'; 'I want to learn to play the piano'; 'Pianos prepared for the New Zealand climate'; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Kirstine Moffat is Convenor of English and a senior lecturer at the University of Waikato. Her research interests in nineteenth and early twentieth-century feminist writing, and in particular the motif of music and what it conveys about feminity, led to the work that produced this book. She is co-editor of the Journal of New Zealand Literature.