MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES

Development Of The Piano: A Timeline
Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness,
when man first became aware of sound.
PIANO MAKERS & BRANDS
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Joseph Brodmann patented the three-ply soundboard, which served to facilitate increased string tension.

Bösendorfer Logo. [ 1 ]

Joseph Brodmann retires, selling his workshop to Ignaz Bösendorfer (1794 – 1859), a former apprentice, establishing Bösendorfer Piano Company to preserve the original inspiration and character of the Viennese instrument.


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Gaspard.  File Upload Bot.  "Bösendorfer Logo."  Digital Art.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 3 June. 2011.  Web.  5 Feb. 2016.  Public Domain. 

After the death of Érard, his nephew Pierre Érard took over the company.

Knabe & Gaehle Piano – Photographed by Sean Davis. [ 1 ]

Knabe piano company (originally known as Knabe & Gaehle) established by German born Wilhem (William) Knabe (1803 – 1864) along with Henry Gaehle in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Davis, Sean.  "Knabe & Gaehle."  Photograph.  Flickr.  Flickr, a Yahoo Company, 7 July 2012.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  CC BY-ND 2.0.
Additional References:
  • "Knabe History."  Knabe Pianos.  Samick Music Corporation, n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

Hardman Peck Contemporary Logo.

Hardman Peck piano company, established by Liverpudlian Hugh Hardman (b. 1815) in New York, arguably developed the first good commercial grade upright piano.

Chickering received patent for complete cast-iron grand frame.


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Additional References:
  • Kuntz, Ed.  "A Short History of the Chickering Piano Co."  Calgary Community Network Assoc.  Calgary Community Network Assoc., n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

Portrait of Henry E. Steinway,
c. 1892. [ 1 ]

Steinway & Sons established by Henry E. Steinway (1797 – 1871) and his sons in New York City.

Steinway & Sons Logo

View the stats on Steinway.


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William Jay Youmans, ed., and Daniel Spillane.  "Musical Instruments—The Piano-Forte."  (Portrait of Henry E. Steinway.  c. 1892.)  Popular Science Monthly. Vol. XL November 1891 to April 1892: p. 487, fig 15.  Internet Archive.  Web.  21 Sept. 2015.  No Known Copyright Restrictions. 

C. Bechstein Piano.

C. Bechstein piano company established by Carl Bechstein (1826 – 1900) in Berlin, Germany.

Detail of Blüthner Piano by Mark Dommisse, 2013. [ 1 ]

Blüthner piano company established by Julius Blüthner (1824 – 1910) in Leipzig, Germany.


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Scann001.  "Close-up of a Blüthner Piano, taken by Mark Dommisse."  Digital Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 12 Oct. 2013.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  CC0 1.0.

Mason & Hamlin Logo

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Mason & Hamlin established by Henry Mason (1831 – 1890) and Emmons Hamlin (1821 – 1885) in Boston Massachusetts. Their first instrument was the “organ harmonium.” Hamlin was a mechanic & inventor who invented a process of free-reed voicing which transformed the reed organ industry.

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Additional References:
  • Mastehead Image: O’Donnell, Dylan.  "Piano Strings."  Photograph.  Deography.  Dylan O’Donnell, 1 Nov. 2010.  Web.  18 June 2015.  Public Domain.
  • Mandalatrece, Jim Doney.  "History of an Ascended Master, His Connection with Essenes, and The Secrecy of The Kanon."  ThaKanon.  Jim Doney Mandalatrece, n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • Blaise, Gary.  "The Early String Keyboards."  Gary Blaise.  Gary Blaise Early Keyboard Instruments, n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "History of Classical Music."  Naxos.  Naxos Digital Services Ltd., n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "History of the Piano."  Piano Technicians Guild.  Piano Technicians Guild, Inc. n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "Development of the Piano."  Bluebook of Piano.  Bluebook of Pianos, 1933 – 2015.  18 June 2015.
  • Estrella, Steven G.  "Stylistic Timeline of Music History."  Steven Estrella.  Steven G. Estrella, 2013.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "The History of Graphical Music Notation."  Block Museum.  Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "The Piano Time Line: A Chronological History."  Concert Pitch Piano.  Concert Pitch Piano Services, 2000 – 2015.  Web.  18 June. 2015.
  • "History of the Piano."  Piano Tuners.  The UK Piano Pages, 1996 – 2015.  Web.  18 June. 2015.
  • Weinstock, Ron.  "A Personal List of Ten Great Blues Pianists."  In a Blue Mood.  In a Blue Mood, 25 Sept. 2009.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "Romantic Music."  Essential Humanities.  Essential Humanities, 2008 – 2013.  Web.  19 June 2015.
  • "List of Romantic-Era Composers."  Wikipedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 15 Sept. 2015.  Web.  18 Sept. 2015.
  • Duchen, Jessica.  "Top 20: The World’s Greatest Pianists."  Sinfini Music.  Sinfini Music, 23 April 2014.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • Solomon, Jon.  "The Ten Best Jazz Pianists of All Time."  Westword.  Denver Westword, LLC., 27 Aug. 2013.  18 June 2015.
  • Sturm, Connie Arrau, Debra Brubaker Burs, and Anita Jackson, eds.  "Annotated Bibliography of Sources on the History of Piano Technique and Piano Pedagogy."  Piano Technique.  Piano Technique.Net, n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • Groves Music Online for Music Research.  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  June – December 2015.
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