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Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano

Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano


  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107096578

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  • This is the first comprehensive study of the life and work of Bartolomeo Cristofori, the Paduan-born harpsichord maker and contemporary of Antonio Stradivari, who is credited with having invented the pianoforte around the year 1700 while working in the Medici court in Florence. Through thorough analysis of documents preserved in the State Archive of Florence, Pollens has reconstructed, in unprecedented technical detail, Cristofori's working life between his arrival in Florence in 1688 and his death in 1732. This book will be of interest to pianists, historians of the piano, musicologists, museum curators and conservators, as well as keyboard instrument makers, restorers, and tuners.

    • Provides detailed technical information on all of the known keyboard instruments made by Bartolomeo Cristofori, never before described in one publication
    • Bartolomeo Cristofori's formal relationship with the ducal court in Florence is revealed, showing how patronage contributed to the piano's invention, also placing Cristofori's work in its musical context
    • Examines Cristofori's influence on other keyboard makers, recounting how the idea of the newly invented piano quickly spread throughout Europe
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107096578
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 148 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Bartolomeo Cristofori in Padua
    2. Cristofori in Florence
    3. Cristofori's extant instruments
    4. Musical life in Florence in Cristofori's time
    5. Cristofori's influence
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Stewart Pollens
    Trained as a violin and keyboard instrument maker, Stewart Pollens served as the conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York between 1976 and 2006 and is currently the Director of the firm Violin Advisor, LLC. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and award-winning publications on musical instrument history including The Early Pianoforte (Cambridge, 1995), Stradivari (Cambridge, 2010) and the The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation (Cambridge, 2015).

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