grand piano

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

Kevin Kenner © The Fryderyk Chopin Institute

grand 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: Conrad Graf / Paul McNulty

Date: copy of the instrument op. 318 from ca. 1819, made in 2007

Village / Town: Vienna (Graf) / Divišov (McNulty)

Country: Austria-Hungary / present-day Czech Republic

Owner: Fryderyk Chopin Institute. Bought in 2007 from Paul McNulty

Description: pyramid walnut veneered; resting on column legs. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; one metal hitch pin block stress bar; Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: on the nameboard, a square printed label in ormolu frame, under glass, reads: Paul McNulty / Divišov

Measurements: height 326 (900), width 1244, depth 2420 mm

Materials: wood, metal, animal bone

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-f4 – 6½ octaves, four pedals – una corda, moderator, double moderator and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: C. Cai, Graf, Conrad, in: Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments, vol. 1: The Piano, ed. R. Palmieri, (New York & London, 1994), pp. 150-51; D. Wyther, Graf, Conrad, in: The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, sec. ed., ed. L. Libin, vol. 2, (Oxford, 2014) pp. 460-61

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