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PIANO TIMELINE

History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

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1843, Grieg

Portrait of Edvard Greig, painted by Eilif Peterssen in 1891.
Portrait of Edvard Greig, 1891. 1

Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907): Norwegian Composer, Pianist, Conductor – Romantic Period

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Ranveig.  "Portrait of Edvard Greig by Eilif Peterssen, 1891."  Painting.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 3 April 2006.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.

1853, Blüthner

Detail of a Blüthner Piano, photographed by Mark Dommisse in 2013.
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.

1853, Bechstein

Detail of a C. Bechstein piano.
C. Bechstein Piano.

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

1853, Steinway

Portrait of Henry E. Steinway, c. 1892.
Portrait of Henry E. Steinway, c. 1892.1

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

Company logo on the soundboard for 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.

1854, Mason & Hamlin

Company logo on the fallboard Mason & Hamlin
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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.

1854, Sousa

Portrait of John Philip Sousa in 1900.
John Philip Sousa, 1900. 1

John Philip Sousa (1854 – 1932): American Composer, Bandmaster, Author – Late Romantic / Early 20th Century Period

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Library of Congress.  "Portrait of John Philip Sousa, 1900."  Photograph.  LOC.Gov.  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., Digital ID cph 3c10617.  Library of Congress, n.d.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  No Known Copyright Restrictions.

1854, Moszkowski

Portrait of Moritz Moszkowski, c. 1890 – 1910.
Moritz Moszkowski, c. 1890 – 1910. 1

Moritz Moszkowski (1854 – 1925): German born of Polish descent Composer, Pianist, Conductor – Romantic Period

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Mu.  "Portrait of Moritz Moszkowski, c. 1890 – 1910."  Scan.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 28 Jan. 2010.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.

1854, Janacek

Relief of Leoš Janáček located in the city of Olomouc, photographed by Michal Maň in 2006.
Relief of Leoš Janáček 1

Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928): Czech Composer, Conductor, Teacher – Late Romantic / Early 20th Century

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Maňas, Michal.  Relief of Leoš Janáček."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, 25 April 2006.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  CC BY 3.0.

1854, Humperdinck

Portrait of Engelbert Humperdinck.
Portrait of Engelbert Humperdinck. 1

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854 – 1921): German Composer, Teacher – Romantic Period

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Mnd.  "Portrait of Engelbert Humperdinck."  Scan from 'What We Hear in Music' by Anne S. Faulkner, 1913.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 16 Sept. 2005.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.

1855, Érard

After the death of Pierre Érard, A. Blondel took over the Érard company.

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