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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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C.1880, Wurlitzer Piano

Wurlitzer began manufacturing pianos.

1881, Bartók

Portrait of Béla Bartók in 1927.
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Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945): Hungarian Composer, Pianist, Ethnomusicologist – Late Romantic / Early 20th Century

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KovacsUr.  "Portrait of Béla Bartók, 1927."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 17 Feb. 2006.  Web. 11 Feb. 2016.  Public Domain.

1882, Schnabel

Portrait of Artur Schnabel in 1906.
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Artur Schnabel (1882 – 1951): Austrian Pianist, Composer, Teacher – Late Romantic / Early 20th Century Period

  • Initially studied under Hans Schmitt of Vienna Conservatory (now University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna).
  • Studied under Theodor Leschetizky who told him “You will never be a pianist; you are a musician.” “Schnabel’s recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, the first to be made, is still the benchmark by which all others are compared, and for many it remains the first choice.” [ 2 ]
  • Professor at Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.
  • His writings include Reflections on Music (1933), Music and the Line of Most Resistance (1942), and My Life and Music (1961).

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Gergard51.  "Portrait of Artur Schnabel, 1906."  Scan from a Book.  Original in Wilhelm Spemann’s Spemanns Goldenes Buch der Musik: eine Hauskunde feur Jedermann. Berlin & Stuttgart: Verlag von W. Spemann, 1900.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 13 March 2006.  GFDL, and CC BY-SA 3.0.
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"Artur Schnabel."  Naxos.  Naxos Digital Services Ltd., n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
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  • "Artur Schnabel (1882-1951)."  Schnabel Music Foundation.  Schnabel Music Foundation, n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

1882, Kimball Company

W.W. Kimball Piano Company officially became The Kimball Company, and opened a large factory.

1882, Stravinsky

Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, c. 1937.
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Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971): Russian Composer, Pianist, Conductor – 20th Century Period

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Library of Congress.  "Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, c. 1937."  Photograph.  From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., part of the Harris & Ewing Collection, Digital ID hec 23698LOC.Gov.  Library of Congress, n.d.  Web.  29 Oct. 2015.  No Known Copyright Restrictions.

1884, Bülow Liszt Masterclass

Hans von Bülow and Franz Liszt begin separate master classes: the former, teaching the works of 9 composers over a period of three years (1884-1887); the later, teaching the works of 59 composers in two years (1884-1886).

1885, Schimmel

Detail of a Schimmel piano.
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Schimmel piano company established by Wilhelm Schimmel, Sr. (1854 – 1946) in Leipzig, Germany.

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  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
  • Cooper, Blake.  "The History of Schimmel Pianos."  Cooper Piano.  Cooper Piano, 1 June 2013.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

1885, Scott

Portrait of James Scott.
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James Scott (1885 – 1938): American Composer, Teacher, Ragtime Pianist – 20th Century Period

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Library of Congress.  "James Scott."  Scan.  Original in Library of Congress, Music Division: Misc. Iconographic Collections, Performing Arts Reading Room.  Memory.LOC.Gov.  Library of Congress, n.d.  Web.  29 Oct. 2015.  No Known Copyright Restrictions.

1887, Yamaha

Logo on sounboard for Yamaha piano.
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Yamaha piano company established by Torakusu Yamaha (1851 – 1916) in Japan.

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Additional References:
  • "Yamaha Torakusu."  Hammamatsu Books.  Hamanako Institute Corporation, 2012.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
  • "Biography of Yamaha Torakusu | Founder of Yamaha Corp."  My Article.  My Article, 2012.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

1887, Kimball Piano

The Kimball Company commenced building pianos.

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