History Of The Piano

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

1881, Bartók
1882, Kimball Company

1882, Schnabel

Portrait of Artur Schnabel in 1906.
Portrait of Artur Schnabel, 1906. 1

Artur Schnabel (1882 – 1951): Austrian Pianist, Composer, Teacher – Late Romantic / Early 20th Century Period

  • Initially studied under Hans Schmitt of Vienna Conservatory (now University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna).
  • Studied under Theodor Leschetizky who told him “You will never be a pianist; you are a musician.” “Schnabel’s recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, the first to be made, is still the benchmark by which all others are compared, and for many it remains the first choice.” [ 2 ]
  • Professor at Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.
  • His writings include Reflections on Music (1933), Music and the Line of Most Resistance (1942), and My Life and Music (1961).

Page Sources

Gergard51.  "Portrait of Artur Schnabel, 1906."  Scan from a Book.  Original in Wilhelm Spemann’s Spemanns Goldenes Buch der Musik: eine Hauskunde feur Jedermann. Berlin & Stuttgart: Verlag von W. Spemann, 1900.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 13 March 2006.  GFDL, and CC BY-SA 3.0.
"Artur Schnabel."  Naxos.  Naxos Digital Services Ltd., n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
Additional References:
  • "Artur Schnabel (1882-1951)."  Schnabel Music Foundation.  Schnabel Music Foundation, n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
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