Northumbria part 04
Composer: Heys, G A
Middle class etiquette guides recommended that girls learn to play the piano for the emotional, moral and physical benefits of practising for many hours. Learning to play the piano was a way for women of the leisured classes to fill their time and some became outstanding musicians. 'Pianomania' spread and there was a great demand for printed music. Waltzes and Polkas would be played by the ladies and children of the family whilst 'father' would play more racy songs by music hall stars like Leybourne or Clifton. The publication of this risqué form of entertainment popularised it and made it available across the classes.