upright piano

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

upright piano

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 31 Simple chordophones or zithers / 314 Board zithers / 314.1 True board zithers / 314.1-4-8 True board zithers sounded by hammers or beaters, with keyboard

Piano maker: Louis Falk

Date: ca. 1899

Village / Town: Berlin

Country: Prussia (German Empire) / present-day Germany

Owner: Fryderyk Chopin Institute. Gifted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2009

Description: black lacquered. Cross-, single-, double-, triple-strung; full frame cast together with hitch pin block’s armour. English repetition action with overdampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover a rectangular nameplate inlaid in brass: LOUIS FALK / BERLIN.; penciled on the slat blocking the keyboard: 20592-99 and: 592; stamped on the action frame: 20592; painted in red on the hitch pin block’s armour: KG-XV-1; illegible signature penciled on the A2 key lever; penciled on the other side: Łoziński B. J. 5/IV 63 r. / Kijów prz....Cemlański [Ziemlański?] N 3 m. 1

Measurements: height 1240, width 1468, depth 290 (610) mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-a4 – 7 octaves, two pedals – una corda and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

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