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Fortepiano

1819, Manufacturer: André Stein

 

 

Fortepiano

Matthäus Andreas Stein, called André, was born in 1776 in Augsburg as the son of the renowned organ maker Johann Andreas Stein. André Stein's fortepiano from 1819 builds a bridge between the classical and the romantical period. Due to its compass and sound characteristics this instrument is ideally suited for Schubert's and his contemporaries' music. The instument has a Viennese action and it is designed with a long, curved rim at the bent side so that the cheek block appears rounded towards the keyboard. Clara Schumann used a piano with similar features playing her debut concert at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. (rh/bd) Lit.: Julius Schlosser: Die Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente. Beschreibendes Verzeichnis, Wien 1920. Victor Luithlen: Kunsthistorisches Museum. Katalog der Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente. Teil 1. Saitenklaviere, Wien 1966. Rudolf Hopfner: Masterpieces from the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. A Short Guide through the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Vol. 1, Vienna 2019

Location: Neue Burg, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente Saal 14

Object data

Object Name

Fortepiano

Culture

Austria, Vienna

Dated

1819

Manufacturer

Dimensions Cover size is a museum or exhibition-specific information. It does not specify the real dimensions of the musical instrument.

2255 mm x 1240 mm x 880 mm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente

Inv. No.

Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 560

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