grand piano

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

PNs-VIII-860-210, Johann Sebastian Bach, The Goldberg Variations - Aria, 1741, sound demonstration: Mariusz Klimsiak, rec. Dariusz Gackowski - The Municipal Culture Centre in Bydgoszcz, Ostromecko 2017 

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: Carl Julius Gebauhr

Date: ca. 1875

Village / Town: Königsberg (Królewiec) / present-day Kaliningrad

Country: Prussia (German Empire) / present-day Russia

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1970 from Technikum Chemiczno-Elektryczne (Technical School of Chemistry and Electronics) in Grudziądz

Inventory number: PNs-VIII-860-210

Description: rosewood veneered. Straight-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four metal stress bars; Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: C. J. Gebauhr / in Königsberg i/Pr  inlaid in brass on the keyboard cover, decorated with a floral ornament; on the frame: C. J. Gebauhr.; 7554 K2 on the hitch pin block; oval transfer on the soundboard with medals from exhibitions in London 1851, Moscow 1872, Vienna 1873 and the inscription: C. J. GEBAUHR / PIANOFORTE - FABRIK / KÖNIGSBERG I/Pr.

Measurements: height 380 (905), width 1420, depth 1960 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

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

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: H. Henkel, Lexikon deutscher Klavierbauer, (Frankfurt am Main, 2000) p. 172; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 11980, 21987), p. 36

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