History Of The Piano

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

1840, Tchaikovsky
1841, Dvořák

1841, Tausig

Portrait of Carl Tausig.
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Carl Tausig (1841 – 1871): Polish Virtuoso Pianist, Composer, Teacher – Romantic Period

  • Considered one of Liszt’s favorite and greatest pupils.
  • His debut was an orchestral concert conducted by Hans von Bülow in 1858.
  • Known for his great technique and Franz Liszt once said that Tausig had "fingers of steel."
  • Circa 1866, for a brief period, he opened a Schule des Höheren Klavierspiels, a school for advanced piano instruction in Berlin.
  • His work Daily Studies (Tägliche Studien) (1873) about modern technique and finger exercises was published posthumously.

Page Sources

Tagishsimon.  "Portrait of Carl Tausig."  Scan.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 28 Nov. 2005.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.
Additional References:
  • Fillmore, John Comfort.  Pianoforte Music: Its History.  T. MacCoun, 1884.  Google Books.  Web. 17 Sept. 2014.
  • Singer, Isidore, and Joseph Sohn.  "Tausig, Carl."  Jewish Encyclopedia.  Jewish Encyclopedia, 2002 – 2011.  17 Sept. 2015.
  • Wadlington-Smythe, Jeremy.  "Carl Tausig (1841-1871) Polish Pianist and Composer."  Forte Piano Pianissimo.  Forte Piano Pianissimo, 2009 – 2015.  Web. 17 Sept. 2015.
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