grand piano

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: Erard

Date: 1845

Village / Town: Paris

Country: France

Owner: Krzysztof Hejke, Kobyłka near Warsaw. Bought 15 May 1845 by some Gerin from Lyon, by present owner in Lublin in 1999. Restored by Andrzej Włodarczyk in Słupno in 2015

Description: pyramid rosewood veneered. Straight-, double-, triple-strung, composite frame with five metal stress bars and capo tasto bar for the highest register, English double escapement action with overdampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover inlaid in brass: Par Brevet Erard à Paris; on the soundboard: Par Brevet d’Invention / Erard à Paris; inside the case on the left (16947); the same number pressed on the keyboard frame, key levers and other parts; on the side of the C1 key lever  pressed: Sommer / [penciled] (243); inside keyboard table to the right penciled illegible signature; on the case beams chalked: Erard 82498(?)

Measurements: height 330 (930), width 1310, depth 2050 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-a4 – 6⅔ octaves, two pedals – una corda and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: D. Pawlak, ‘Érard’, Encyklopedia muzyczna PWM, vol. 3, ed. E. Dziębowska (Kraków, 1987);  E. M. Frederick, ‘Erard, Sébastien (et Frères)’, Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments, vol. 1 The Piano, ed. R. Palmieri (New York, 1994); ARCHIVES DU MUSÉE DE LA MUSIQUE:

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