History Of The Piano

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

1748, Stein Apprentice
1750, Türk

1750, Milchmeyer

Johann Peter Milchmeyer (1750 – 1813): German Pedagogue of Harp and Keyboard Instruments

  • His work The True Art of Playing the Pianoforte (Die Wahre Art Das Pianoforte Zu Spielen) (1797), considered among the first discourse dedicated solely to piano playing and “was specifically conceived as a self-instruction manual for the growing number of amateurs who wished to play fashionable piano. Selling more than 530 copies, the book was an immediate and striking success.” [ 1 ]
  • His work is of historic value as it illustrates early pianoforte technique.
  • Served as the Dresden Court Musician.

Page Sources

Skowroneck, Tilman.  Beethoven the Pianist.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.  Google Books.  Web. 15 Sept. 2014.
Additional References:
  • Rosenblum, Sandra P.  Performance Practices in Classic Piano Music: Their Principals and Applications.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988.  Google Books.  Web. 15 Sept. 2015.
  • Da Costa, Neal Peres.  Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing.  New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2012.  Google Books.  15 Sept. 2015.
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