History Of The Piano

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

1822, Ehrlich
1823, Chickering

1823, Adolph Kullak

Book cover of Dr. Adolph Kullak's 'Die Asthetik des Klavierspiels' from 1905.
Adolph Kullak's 'Die Asthetik des Klavierspiels,' 1905. 1

Adolph Kullak (1823 – 1862): Polish Music Critic (Brother of Theodor Kullak)

  • Co-Editor of Berliner Musik-Zeitung.
  • Taught at his brother’s school Neue Akademie der Tonkunst.
  • Among his writings is The Aesthetics of Pianoforte Playing (Die Ästhetik des Klavierspiels ) (1860/1861), which covers piano technique and musical expression and “… was arguably the most widely read and influential book on piano teaching and playing of the nineteenth century…” [ 2 ]
  • Another work The Art of the Touch: A Work for the Use of Advanced Players and a Guide for Teaching Pianoforte (1855) is highly revered.

Page Sources

Kullak, Adolf, and Walter Niemann, and uploaded by WhitneyYoung.   Die Asthetik des Klavierspiels.  Book Cover.  Leipzig: C.F. Kahnt, 1905.   Open Library.Org.  Internet Archive, 9 April 2012.  Web.  12 Oct. 2015.  No Known Copyright Restrictions.
Sutcliffe, W. Dean, ed.  Haydn Studies.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998 (digital, 2006).  Google Books.  Web.  17 Sept. 2014.
Additional References:
  • Millar, Andrew Peter.  "Adolph Kullak’s “Die Asthetik des Klavierspiels” and the Emergence of Modern Piano Technique by the Late Nineteenth Century [microform]."  National Library of Australia.  National Library of Australia, 2004.  Web.  17, Sept. 2015.
  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
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