MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES

Development Of The Piano: A Timeline
Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness,
when man first became aware of sound.
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Portrait of Modest Mussorgsky,
1870. [ 1 ]

Modest Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881) — Russian Composer, Pianist – Romantic Period


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Majority.  "Portrait of Modest Mussorgsky, 1870."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 15 May 2008.  Web.  12 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain. 

Knabe & Gaehle Piano – Photographed by Sean Davis. [ 1 ]

Knabe piano company (originally known as Knabe & Gaehle) established by German born Wilhem (William) Knabe (1803 – 1864) along with Henry Gaehle in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Davis, Sean.  "Knabe & Gaehle."  Photograph.  Flickr.  Flickr, a Yahoo Company, 7 July 2012.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  CC BY-ND 2.0.
Additional References:
  • "Knabe History."  Knabe Pianos.  Samick Music Corporation, n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

Digital Watercolor Portrait
of Pyotr Tchaikovsky
by Now Idonoa, 1893. [ 1 ]

Pyotr II’yich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) — Russian Composer, Pianist (Student of Anton Rubinstein) – Romantic Period


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Idonoa, Now.  "Pyotr Tchaikovsky."  Digital Watercolor from Fragment of the Original Painting by Nikolai Dimitriyevich Kuznetsov, 1893.  Flickr.  Flickr, a Yahoo Company, 3 Sept. 3 2014.  Web.  7 Feb. 2016.  Public domain.

Portrait of Antonín Dvořák, 1868. [ 1 ]

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) — Czech Composer – Romantic Period


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Gerbenbrandy.  "Photograph of Antonín Dvořák, 1868."  Photograph.  Original in Antonín Dvořák Museum, Prague.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 4 Feb. 2008.  Web.  23 Oct, 2015.  Public Domain.

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.

Portrait of Carl Tausig. [ 1 ]


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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.

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
by John Everett Millais, 1888. [ 1 ]

Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 – 1900) — English Composer, Conductor, Musician (Collaborated with the librettist, W. S. Gilbert) – Romantic Period


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Millais, John Everett, and uploaded by Wmpearl.  Portrait of Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan.  1888.  National Portrait Gallery, London.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, 18 March 2011.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.

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Hardman Peck piano company, established by Liverpudlian Hugh Hardman (b. 1815) in New York, arguably developed the first good commercial grade upright piano.

Portrait of Edvard Greig by Eilif Peterssen, 1891. [ 1 ]

Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907) — Norwegian Composer, Pianist, Conductor – Romantic Period


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Ranveig.  "Portrait of Edvard Greig by Eilif Peterssen, 1891."  Painting.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 3 April 2006.  Web.  23 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.

Chickering received patent for complete cast-iron grand frame.


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Additional References:
  • Kuntz, Ed.  "A Short History of the Chickering Piano Co."  Calgary Community Network Assoc.  Calgary Community Network Assoc., n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

Portrait of Henry E. Steinway,
c. 1892. [ 1 ]

Steinway & Sons established by Henry E. Steinway (1797 – 1871) and his sons in New York City.

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William Jay Youmans, ed., and Daniel Spillane.  "Musical Instruments—The Piano-Forte."  (Portrait of Henry E. Steinway.  c. 1892.)  Popular Science Monthly. Vol. XL November 1891 to April 1892: p. 487, fig 15.  Internet Archive.  Web.  21 Sept. 2015.  No Known Copyright Restrictions. 
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Additional References:
  • Mastehead Image: O’Donnell, Dylan.  "Piano Strings."  Photograph.  Deography.  Dylan O’Donnell, 1 Nov. 2010.  Web.  18 June 2015.  Public Domain.
  • Mandalatrece, Jim Doney.  "History of an Ascended Master, His Connection with Essenes, and The Secrecy of The Kanon."  ThaKanon.  Jim Doney Mandalatrece, n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • Blaise, Gary.  "The Early String Keyboards."  Gary Blaise.  Gary Blaise Early Keyboard Instruments, n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "History of Classical Music."  Naxos.  Naxos Digital Services Ltd., n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "History of the Piano."  Piano Technicians Guild.  Piano Technicians Guild, Inc. n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "Development of the Piano."  Bluebook of Piano.  Bluebook of Pianos, 1933 – 2015.  18 June 2015.
  • Estrella, Steven G.  "Stylistic Timeline of Music History."  Steven Estrella.  Steven G. Estrella, 2013.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "The History of Graphical Music Notation."  Block Museum.  Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "The Piano Time Line: A Chronological History."  Concert Pitch Piano.  Concert Pitch Piano Services, 2000 – 2015.  Web.  18 June. 2015.
  • "History of the Piano."  Piano Tuners.  The UK Piano Pages, 1996 – 2015.  Web.  18 June. 2015.
  • Weinstock, Ron.  "A Personal List of Ten Great Blues Pianists."  In a Blue Mood.  In a Blue Mood, 25 Sept. 2009.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • "Romantic Music."  Essential Humanities.  Essential Humanities, 2008 – 2013.  Web.  19 June 2015.
  • "List of Romantic-Era Composers."  Wikipedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 15 Sept. 2015.  Web.  18 Sept. 2015.
  • Duchen, Jessica.  "Top 20: The World’s Greatest Pianists."  Sinfini Music.  Sinfini Music, 23 April 2014.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • Solomon, Jon.  "The Ten Best Jazz Pianists of All Time."  Westword.  Denver Westword, LLC., 27 Aug. 2013.  18 June 2015.
  • Sturm, Connie Arrau, Debra Brubaker Burs, and Anita Jackson, eds.  "Annotated Bibliography of Sources on the History of Piano Technique and Piano Pedagogy."  Piano Technique.  Piano Technique.Net, n.d.  Web.  18 June 2015.
  • Groves Music Online for Music Research.  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  June – December 2015.
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