History Of The Piano

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

1714, Christoph Willibald von Gluck
1728, Stein

1718, Marpurg

Portrait of Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg, drew by Friedrich Kauke and engraved by Berol in 1758.
Portrait of Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg. 1

Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg (1718–1795): German Critic, Journalist, Theorist, Composer – Classical Period

  • Initially interested in discussing how music had an effect on audiences but later shifted and became more concerned about the works themselves & the composer’s relation to the work.
  • Among his many works are topics ranging from teaching keyboard performance, thoroughbass, and composition and fugue.
  • Developed Rameau’s theories.
  • His works used in the study of the history of 18th century music. He had three periodicals in which he wrote and edited: Der critische Musicus an der Spree (1749–50), Historisch-kritische Beyträge zur Aufnahme der Musik (1754–62, 1778), and Kritische Briefe über die Tonkunst (1760–64).

Page Sources

Berol engraving, original painting by Friedrich Kauke, and uploaded by FastilyClone.  Engraving of Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg.  1758.  Gallica – The Digital Library of the National Library of France, Paris.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 20 April 2005.  Web.  18 Aug. 2015.  Public Domain.
Additional References:
  • Serwer, Howard.  "Marpurg, Friedrich Wilhelm."  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  14 Sept. 2015.
  • Johnson, Keith.  "Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg Biography."  AllMusic.  All Media Network, LLC., n.d.  Web.  14 Sept 2014.
  • Pulver, Jeffrey.  "Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg."  The Musical Times.  Vol. 53, No. 832.  1 June 1912.  JSTOR.  Web.  14 Sept. 2015.
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