History Of The Piano

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

1813, Wagner
1818, Theodor Kullak

1814, Henselt

Signed portrait of Adolf von Hensel.
Signed Portrait of Adolf von Henselt. 1

Adolf von Henselt (1814 – 1889): German Pianist, Composer, Teacher

  • Prior to the piano, Henselt studied violin.
  • He was a pupil of Abbé Vogler (1749 – 1814), Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and Simon Sechter (1788 – 1867).
  • Practiced for ten hours a day.
  • Developed a technique to extend the reach of his hands (which led to his now famous legato), giving him more control over the keyboard without using the sustaining pedal.
  • Retired from performance due to stage fright.
  • Most of his works composed by his 30’s.
  • He became a great teacher in St. Petersburg, influencing many Russian pianists. Some of his pupils: Nikolay Zverev (who taught Sergei Rachmaninov), Nikolay Ber, and Ingeborg Stark.

Page Sources

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Additional References:
  • Davis, Beattie.  "Adolf von Henselt (1814 – 1889)."  Henselt Society.  Gillian Davis, 2013.  Web. 16 Sept. 2015.
  • "Adolf von Henselt."  Saint Petersburg.  Saint-Petersburg.Com, 2001 – 2015.  Web. 16 Sept. 2015.
  • Stevenson, Joseph.  "Adolf Henselt."  AllMusic.  All Media Network, LLC., n.d.  Web.  16 Sept. 2015.
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