History Of The Piano

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

1814, Henselt
1819, Hanon

1818, Theodor Kullak

Portrait of Theodor Kullak, c. 1892.
Portrait of Theodor Kullak, c. 1892. 1

Theodor Kullak (1818 – 1882): Polish Pianist, Teacher – Romantic Period (Brother of Adolph Kullak)

  • Pupil of Czerny, Nicolai, and Simon Sechter.
  • Founded along with Julius Stern and Adolf Bernhard Marx, Tonkünstler-Verein, a conservatory for music education in Berlin. (Due to differences, Kullak resigned and it became the Stern Conservatory 1855, with Hans von Bülow succeeding him).
  • After leaving Stern, he founded Neue Akademie der Tonkunst primarily for pianists. Also known as ‘Kullak’s Academy.’
  • Considered one of the greatest pedagogues in 19th century.
  • Wrote Octave‐school or School of Octave Playing (Die Schule des Oktavenspiels) (1848).
  • Some of his pupils: Moritz Moszkowski, Nikolai Rubinstein, and Xaver Scharwenka.

Page Sources

Андрей Романенко.  "Portrait of Theodor Kullak, c. 1892."  Scan of a Drawing.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 3 Sept. 2010.  Web.  12 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.
Additional References:
  • "Kullak: (1) Theodor Kullak."  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  16 Sept. 2015.
  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
  • Lane, Piers.  "Theodor Kullak."  Hyperion Records.  Hyperion Records Limited, 1999.  Web.  16 Sept. 2015.
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