grand piano

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

Kevin Kenner © The Fryderyk Chopin Institute

grand 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: Friedrich Kirchberg

Date: ca. 1830

Village / Town: Tilsit / present-day Sovetsk

Country: Prussia / present-day Russia

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1982 from Teresa Babińska from Tuchola

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-013, formerly PN-VI-60-123

Description: finnish birch veneered. Straight-, double-, triple-strung; two hitch pin block gap spacers. Viennese action with lever dampers. Piano shortened by cutting c. 800 mm of the tail. Stringing changed to single-, double- and triple

Inscriptions: over the keyboard, a rectangular label, printed on paper, embellished with geometrical ornament, in an ormolu frame, under glass: Friedrich Kirchberg / in / TILSE

Measurements: height 350 (920), width 1345, depth 1640 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-g4 – 6½ octaves, three pedals – una corda, moderator and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 21987) p. 44

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