grand piano

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

Maria João Pires © 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: Breitkopf & Härtel

Date: ca. 1848

Village / Town: Leipzig

Country: Prussia / present-day Germany

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1988 from Zofia Okrasa from Pruszków

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-007

Description: walnut veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four metal stress bars and a treble capo tasto bar. English single repetition action with over dampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, a nameplate inlaid in brass, embellished with a floral ornament and a lyre on the top: CONCERTFLÜGEL / mit englischem Mechanismus / VON / BREITKOPF & HÄRTEL / IN LEIPZIG; stamped on the hitch pin block: 3091 and: 59; tone markings stamped on the slat with escapement regulating screws – sharps in shape of crosses (†); tone markings inked on the key levers; inked on a rectangular green sticker on the keyboard table: 1668. / 59.; inked on a paper sticker on the keyboard frame: 1617

Measurements: height 340 (880), width 1310, depth 2400 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

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

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: Pierce Piano Atlas, (Long Beach 1977); H. Henkel, Lexikon deutscher Klavierbauer, (Frankfurt am Main 2000) pp. 81-82

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