Established in 1956, The Pearl River Group set up shop in the city of Guangzhou (pronounced KWAN JOE) and was named after the river on which it sits. It’s no coincidence that this city should be the site of one of the first piano manufacturers in China, since the piano is traditionally considered a western instrument.
When we think of China we often view the region as closed-off, an isolated area with no foreign influence. But in fact, Guangzhou (originally Canton), the capital of Guangdong Province, has a 2,000-year provenance as the locus for South China’s political, economic, and cultural environments.
Walt ‘Whitman first delivered the "Death of Lincoln" lecture at Steck Hall in New York on April 14, 1879, [ to an audience of 60 to 80 people ] to reflect upon the meaning of Lincoln's death to an American nation pressed to reunite and heal from the wounds of the Civil War.’ The evening began with a musical performance, proceeded by prose, and ended with the famous mourning poem to the president, “O Captain! My Captain!” Library of Congress
George Steck was born on July 13, 1829 in Hesse Cassel, Germany. A “piano maker of the old school,” he honed his skills while as an apprentice under Carl Scheel (1813 – 1892), an enterprising man who had once worked for the prestigious French piano manufacturer Sébastian Érard (1752 – 1831) between 1837-1846. Scheel, who also hailed from Cassel, left Érard in 1846 to start his own company.
During this time, Steck harnessed every opportunity to study piano manufacturing; his natural talents were well disposed to the instrument, showing an early mechanical genius and expert scale draftsmanship.
The Ritmüller pianos excel in every individual part of their construction, and leave absolutely nothing to be desired. There is no doubt that the firm of W. Ritmuller & Sohn will soon take up the foremost position amongst the German makers, a position which is due to their excellent manufacture, and which no connoisseur will venture to deny them. Dr. Hans von Bülow, Conductor, Virtuoso Pianist, and Composer
For a company known to be one of the first manufacturers of pianos in Göttingen, Germany, there is a dearth of public records regarding its lineage. What is notable must be culled from accounts in old German history annals, scraps of counterfactual entries in books on piano makers, and the like—which points to a rich, as yet undiscovered narrative. What we can gather, like most piano origins, is quite fascinating.
Renown for its great composers and musicians, Vienna grew to prominence in the early days of the Classical Period (1750 to 1830), attracting the likes of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, to name only a few.
Go to a music store, tickle the keys, buy a piano. Or read an ad, go to someone’s home, tickle the keys, buy a piano. Then...go home, play the piano, hate the sound, the touch is wrong, some keys stick, slam down the cover, kick it even—ending the dream of being a concert pianist.
A piano is a rather large investment of time and energy, not to mention cost. Even the smallest type such as a spinet piano takes up space in your home and in your heart, and demands that you care for it. You or your child will be spending a lot of time practicing, playing, and listening. Making the wrong investment can be discouraging, and lead to many frustrating practice sessions. Therefore, the best approach is to take a deep breathe, don’t let your enthusiasm run amok, and spend some time educating yourself.