History Of The Piano

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

C. 1800, Brodmann
1803, Berlioz

1803, Herz

Portrait of Henri Herz by Achillle Devéria in 1832.
Portrait of Henri Herz, 1832. 1

Henri Herz (1803 – 1888): Austrian Pianist, Composer, Teacher, Piano Manufacturer

  • A prodigy from a musical family, Herz studied piano with his father and the organist Daniel Hünten.
  • In 1816, he attended the Paris Conservatoire (later teaching there) and studied with Louis-Barthélémy Pradher, Victor Dourlen, and Antonín Reicha.
  • Asked by Franz Liszt to compose a variation to Hexaméron; other contributors were Frédéric Chopin, Carl Czerny, Johann Peter Pixis, and Sigismond Thalberg.
  • Along with his brother Jacques Simon Herz (1794 – 1880), he founded the École Spéciale de Piano de Paris.
  • As a pedagogue, he is known for his finger exercises.
  • Partnering in a piano-manufacturing firm, he established his own piano factory in 1851 and produced pianos that were considered equal to Érard and Pleyel. His piano was awarded first prize in 1855 at the Paris Exposition.
  • In 1836, he built a concert hall.

Page Sources

Mu.  "Portrait of Henri Herz, drawn by Achillle Devéria, 1832."  Scan of a Drawing.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 8 March 2009.  Web.  9 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.
Additional References:
  • Lindeman, Stephen D.  "Herz, Henri [Heinrich]."  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  16 Sept. 2015.
  • Johnson, Keith.  "Henri Herz."  AllMusic.  All Media Network, LLC., n.d.  Web.  16 Sept. 2015.
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