History Of The Piano

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

1871, Perzina
1873, Steck Prize

1873, Bauer

Harold Bauer playing the piano, c. 1915-1920.
Harold Bauer Playing Piano, c. 1915-1920. 1

Harold Bauer (1873 – 1951): English born American Pianist, Violinist, Teacher

  • Originally followed in his father’s footsteps, who was a violinist, Bauer studied the violin under Adolf Pollitzer and his father.
  • He briefly studied piano under Ignacy Jan Paderewski who encouraged him to focus on the piano instead of the violin.
  • In his approach to technique, he felt “one must first imagine the sound, and then find a natural and coordinated motion to produce it;” and “nothing in education was more important than the development of the imagination, without which life would be on horrid grind of monotonous routine.” [ 2 ]
  • Founded the Beethoven Society of New York.
  • President of Friends of Music of the Library of Congress.
  • Head of the piano department of Manhattan School of Music and known for his master classes.

Page Sources

Library of Congress.  "Harold Victor Bauer, c. 1915 - 1920."  Photograph.  Original in Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., part of the George Grantham Bain Collections, Digital ID ggbain 23591LOC.Gov.  Library of Congress, n.d.  Web.  28 Oct. 2015.  No Known Copyright Restrictions.
"The Power of Bauer."  Academia.  Academia, n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
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