Original Piano Maker(s)

Joseph Brodmann (1771-1848)

Date Established

c. Late 1700s/Early 1800s

Original Location(s)

Vienna, Austria

Benefits & Features

  • Designed in the Viennese, European sound tradition
  • Offered in three tiers: The Conservatory Edition, The Professional Edition, and The Artist Series
  • Many models with top quality European parts:

    - Austrian white (slow growth) spruce soundboard and ribs from Strunz (for sustain, power and overtones);
    - Viennese-designed Langer action (for a smooth touch with fast repetition);
    - Röslau strings; and
    - German-made Abel hammers (for greater dynamic expression)

  • Wide selection of models, both grands and uprights

Notable Dates

  • 1800 — Brodmann listed in the Lexicon of Musicians as 'Instrument Maker.'
  • 1813 — Carl Maria von Weber purchased a Brodmann grand piano.
  • 1828 — Brodmann retired, giving his company to Bösendorfer; "inscriptions on Bösendorfer pianos of that year note that he was 'Brodmann’s pupil' or that the firm was 'formerly Brodmann.'"

Innovation(s) / Patent(s)

  • c. 1800 — Awarded patent for improvement of the instrument querflügel.
  • 1825 — Awarded patent for the triple-laminated soundboard.

Current Owner(s)

Arceau Arts GmbH, Vienna
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Page Sources

Nohl, Ludwig, ed., amd Lady Wallace, tra.  Letters of Distinguished Musicians: Gluck, Haydn, P.E. Bach, Weber, Mendelssohn.  London: Longmans, Green , and Co., 1867: pg. 274.  Archive.  Internet Archive, 6 March 2007.  Web.  28 March 2015.
Hill, Brad.  "Chopin: Mazurka in B Minor, Op. 30 No. 2 (Brad Hill)."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 27 Sept. 2014.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Brodmann Images © Joseph Brodmann GmbH, By Permission.
  • Schott, Howard, and Michael Latcham.  "Brodman, Joseph Johann."  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  15 Nov. 2015.
  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 15 Nov. 2015.