grand piano

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

Howard Shelley © 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: Pleyel

Date: 1869

Village / Town: Paris

Country: France

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1979 from Janusz Klapenda from Łęczyca

Inventory number: PN-VI-60-100

Description: rosewood veneered, subsequently black polished. Straight-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with three metal stress bars connected crosswise; English grand repetition action with overdampers

Inscriptions: PLEYEL inlaid in brass on the keyboard cover, adorned with a floral decoration; 44539 pressed on the left side and many parts inside the case

Measurements: height 320 (930), width 1370, depth 2220 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

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

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: R. Wieczorek, ‘Pleyel’, Encyklopedia muzyczna PWM, ed. E. Dziębowska, vol. [8]: pe–r  (Kraków, 2004), pp. 131–33; J. Jude, Pleyel 17571857. La passion d’un siècle, (Centre Loire, 2008), pp. 206, 265–267; C. Timbrell, ‘Pleyel, Ignace-Joseph (et Cie)’, Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments, vol. 1: The Piano, ed. R. Palmieri, (New York & London, 1994), pp. 296–97; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 11980, 21987), p. 60

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