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The Piano-Forte
Its History Traced to the Great Exhibition of 1851

  • Date Published: July 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107418271

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  • Originally published in 1933, this book provides a detailed history of the piano-forte from its invention in Italy in the eighteenth century until the presentation of the first European cast-iron frame for a piano at the 1851 Great Exhibition. Harding also analyses the role of the piano as a replacement for a chamber orchestra and its history as a domestic instrument. The text is richly illustrated with images of pianos produced by a variety of makers over time, as well as with images of piano machinery taken from patent registrations. This thoroughly-researched book will be of value to anyone with an interest in one of the most ubiquitous instruments in the Western world and the history of its development.

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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107418271
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of plates
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Pianoforte in the Eighteenth Century:
    1. The invention of the pianoforte in Italy
    2. The invention of the pianoforte in France
    3. The invention and development of the pianoforte in Germany
    4. The tangent action and the cembalo stop
    5. The pianoforte in England
    6. Later developments in France
    7. The pianoforte in America
    8. The musical significance of the new instrument
    Part II. The Pianoforte in the Nineteenth Century
    Section 1. The Pianoforte as a Chamber Orchestra:
    1. The pianoforte as a chamber orchestra
    2. Devices for the purpose of sustaining the tone
    3. Octave couplers and 'Duoclave' pianofortes
    4. The influence of programme music upon the pianoforte
    5. The influence of Turkish music upon the pianoforte
    6. Turkish music and other pedals
    Section 2. The Pianoforte as a Solo Instrument in the Early Nineteenth Century:
    1. The concert grand pianoforte
    2. Some improvements in the construction of the pianoforte relating to the production of a loud and sonorous tone
    3. The metal frame
    4. Pitch and temperament
    Section 3. The Pianoforte as a Domestic Instrument:
    1. The upright pianoforte
    2. Some other types of pianofortes in the home
    3. Pedal, transposing and self-acting pianofortes, experimental keyboards
    4. Tuning the pianoforte and apparatus for keeping the pianoforte in tune
    Appendix A. Technical terms
    Appendix B. Bibliography
    Appendix C. List of patents
    Appendix D. Concerning wire
    Appendix E. Felt-making
    tinder and sponge for hammer heads
    process of tanning leather for hammer heads
    Appendix F. Prices of pianofortes and of materials used in their manufacture
    Appendix G. Select list of English pianoforte makers in London and its environs up to the year 1851
    Appendix H. A note on pedal signs
    Index.

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