Title

In Royal Company: The History of the Historic Erard Piano

Type of Submission

Performance

Keywords

Piano, music, organology, Erard, piano makers, Liszt, music history

Abstract

The acquisition of the 1876 Erard piano by the Music and Worship Department at Cedarville University, donated anonymously in fall 2013, has provided the Department, especially the piano and music history students, an opportunity to bring history to musical life. After months of meticulous restoration, the piano was unveiled and dedicated at a public presentation earlier this spring. The history of the Erard company has been an important one in the development of nineteenth-century piano repertoire. Famous composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt played on Erard pianos. The company furthermore became the official supplier of pianos to many royal figures, from Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to Queen Victoria. This presentation explains the history of the Erard piano with its technological developments that made it superior to every other piano in the nineteenth century. Included in the lecture are demonstrations on the Erard itself.

Faculty Sponsor or Advisor’s Name

Sandra Yang

Campus Venue

Dixon Ministry Center, Recital Hall

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-16-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

4-16-2014 2:20 PM

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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In Royal Company: The History of the Historic Erard Piano

Cedarville, OH

The acquisition of the 1876 Erard piano by the Music and Worship Department at Cedarville University, donated anonymously in fall 2013, has provided the Department, especially the piano and music history students, an opportunity to bring history to musical life. After months of meticulous restoration, the piano was unveiled and dedicated at a public presentation earlier this spring. The history of the Erard company has been an important one in the development of nineteenth-century piano repertoire. Famous composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt played on Erard pianos. The company furthermore became the official supplier of pianos to many royal figures, from Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to Queen Victoria. This presentation explains the history of the Erard piano with its technological developments that made it superior to every other piano in the nineteenth century. Included in the lecture are demonstrations on the Erard itself.