mercoledì 27 agosto 2008

Pleyel Grand piano





This Pleyel Grand is peculiar because it still had the original early Felt which was used by Pleyel. Up until that time hammers were made with an external layer of very soft oil-tanned leather.



This piano is currently awaiting restoration.




1845 Broadwood 8-foot Concert Grand



This is an 1845 Broadwood, similar to the one Chopin played in England for his last tour, which was at the time part of the hire fleet.

The first person to have hired the piano was Lady Charlotte Canning, AKA Viscountess Canning, Lady In Waiting to Queen Victoria. The second person was Lindsay Sloper, a famous (at the time) Pianist, who was one of the very few students which Chopin received in England in 1848. Sloper also holds a place in Chopin's history as being the man who presented Jane Stirling to him.
Another curious Chopin-related fact is that the Piano was only down the Block from Chopin's Piccadilly apartment in 1848, at Leon Jablonski's home.. aPolish Patriot responsible for translating Conrad Wallenrod in English. Chopin used this famous Polish bit of literature as the foundation for one of his Ballades.
Knowing that Chopin usually went to call on his fellow patriots, it is likely that he may have had played this piano .


The Piano has had some major work done to it, and is still undergoing restoration.. we'll see how it turns out in a few months!

mercoledì 20 agosto 2008

1890 Erard



This is my lovely late-period Erard, which is great for playing all kinds of music composed until 1900.
It is the same kind as used by all Classical musicians in the 1800's. It can be thought of as the Steinway of the 19° century..
the touch is relatively light, with double-escapement.. it has parallel-stringing, which gives it a balanced and harmonious tone..