square piano

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

square piano

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 31 Simple chordophones or zithers / 314 Board zithers / 314.1 True board zithers / 314.12 With resonator / 314.122 With resonator box (box zither) / 314.122-4-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zither) sounded by hammers or beaters, with keyboard

Piano maker: Johann Tresselt

Date: ca. 1870-1880

Village / Town: Riga

Country: Russia / present-day Latvia

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Gift from the Grammar School in Lipno

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-040, formerly PN-VI-60-149

Description: walnut veneered. Cross-, single-, double-strung with a back hitch pin block. Full cast frame (Steinway model from 1855); English single repetition action with over dampers

Inscriptions: inlaid in brass on the nameboard: J. Tresselt.; pressed on the hitch pin block: 3033

Measurements: height 375 (935), width 2000, depth 950 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-a4 – 7 octaves, one pedal – dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: G. Dālmanis, Ein kurzer Einblick in die Geschichte des Klavierbaus im heutigen Lettland, in: Musikinstrumentenbau im interkuturellen Diskurs, ed. A. Kürsten und P. Barsack, (Stuttgart 2006), pp. 47-49; M. Rudolph, Rigaer Theater- und Tonkünstler-Lexikon nebst Geschichte des Rigaer Theater und der Musikalischen Gesellschaft, (Riga 1890), pp. 247-248; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 21987) p. 92

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