upright piano

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

upright piano

Classification: 3 Chordofony / 31 Chordofony proste lub cytry / 314 Cytry płytowe / 314.1 Rzeczywiste cytry płytowe / 314.1-4-8 Rzeczywiste cytry płytowe pobudzane przez uderzanie młoteczkami lub innymi przyrządami, z klawiaturą

Piano maker: Pleyel

Date: 1855

Village / Town: Paris

Country: France

Owner: Fryderyk Chopin Institute. Gifted in 1965 by the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art. Bought from Józef Korzeniowski’s family from Cracow, formerly residing in Paris. The family tradition has it that the instrument was used by Julian Fontana in Paris, and Karol Hubert Rostworowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Karol Szymanowski in Cracow

Inventory number: M/123

Description: rosewood veneered. Wooden frame. Obliquely-, single-, double-, triple-strung; English repetition action with overdampers

Inscriptions: Medailles d’Or 1827-34-39-44 / hors de Concours 1849. / IGNACE PLEYEL & COMPIE / Paris. on the nameplate; tones and gauge no. indicated on the hitch pin block; L. G / 20175 / H. O pressed on the right side and J. LICKERT on the left; on the action frame an oval stamp reads: .... HAGEN ZALESKI HALLE / A PARIS; H O / 20175 is pressed

Measurements: height 1170, width 1275, depth 300 (610) mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-a4 – 6½ octaves, two pedals – una corda and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: R. Wieczorek, Pleyel, in: Encyklopedia muzyczna PWM. red. E. Dziębowska, t. [8]: pe–r, (Kraków, 2004), pp. 131–33; Jean Jude, Pleyel 17571857. La passion d’un siècle, (Centre Loire, 2008), pp. 206, 265–267; C. Timbrell, Pleyel, Ignace-Joseph (et Cie), in: Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments, vol. 1: The Piano, ed. R. Palmieri, (New York & London, 1994), pp. 296–97

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