the early piano blog
New blog, new piano!
For as long as I can remember, the piano has been very present in my life. When I was a young child, my mother played the piano, and I loved to listen to her. When I was 6 years, I began taking piano lessons with the local organist. Since then, my piano interest has steadily increased! The instrument, the sound, the music, the history, the sense of connecting across generations and geographical boundaries by playing many of the same works that pianists have loved to play for centuries – my fascination for the piano, its history – and our history with it – is my motivation for this blog.
The urgent trigger, however, is my newest purchase. I have just bought a piano! Well, that does not come like a surprise, you may think – but this piano is different. My «new» piano is 193 years old. It was built by Daniel Dörr in Vienna in 1830 (or at least very close to that year) and is what we call an original Viennese fortepiano. Because of age and wear and tear, it is in need of restoration. I invite you to take part in the process by following this blog for the next months! Every week, I will be sharing updates on the restoration process and other subjects related to piano playing in the early 19th century. My petition to you is the same as to any piano: STAY TUNED!
#1: A new, old piano!
Do you see the beautiful piano case in this picture? It is my new piano, built in Vienna around 1830, by a man called Daniel Dörr. Stunning, isn’t it?
In this first blog post, I will attempt to explain why I have purchased a piano which does not work and which is almost 200 years old. I will also let you in on what is about to happen to it!
When purchasing an old piano, one obviously wants to know as much as possible about its original piano maker. Some early fortepiano builders are still very famous today, at least among those who are interested in piano development!
Two examples would be Anton Walter, who built the last fortepiano Mozart owned, and Sebastian Erard, who patented the double-escapement action in 1821.
Imagine that you are 8 and a half years old. Mozart comes by, you play the piano for him, and he says that you are talented! You have already appeared as a soloist with the local symphony, and your favourite thing is to hang out with your father in his instrument workshop. Later on, you would take over this business.
The life of Nannette Streicher was truly amazing.
My new blog post will appear here on 9 June.