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tasto, or d'astro, bar) and elsewhere. 1 There has been a recent revival of Mr. W. F. Collard's idea, patented in 1821, of utilising the back draught of the wires, between the belly bridge and the hitch pins, for sympathetic vibration, by means of what he called (Patent No. 4542) a ' bridge of rever- beration.' This reappears, in idea, in Messrs. Steinway's ' Duplex Scale 3 ; but Herr Bliithner of Leipzig has gone further in employing in- dependent sympathetic strings of half length in his 'Aliquot' piano. By this he adds the octave harmonic throughout three octaves, and thus produces something of the shifting soft pedal timbre : the forte or damper pedal in the ordinary pianoforte is however an incomparably more efficient floodgate to these sympathetic, or more properly, .3Colian reinforcements.

The last inventions we have to mention con- cern the pedals, and are due to M. Montal, a blind Parisian pianoforte maker, who, in 1862, exhibited in London (i) a ' Pe"dale d'expression,' diminishing the range of the hammers instead of shifting them, an expedient now employed by American and German makers, and (2) a ' Pe"dale de prolongement,' a third pedal, by using which a note or notes may be prolonged after the fingers have quitted the keys. 4 This pedal has been of



��late years re-introduced in Paris, Stuttgart and New York. Reference to PEDALS will show the radical change that took place between 1830 and 1850 in 'instrumenting' the pianoforte, giving it what we may call colour of tone, divined by Beethoven, and perfected by Chopin and Liszt. By these parallel advances in technique and instrument, the masterpieces composed for the pianoforte by Beethoven have since 1850 found their fullest exposition.

It cannot be too emphatically urged that pianoforte makers, to truly excel, must ever be individual in their productions. They should be guided by care of proportions in every detail, and in equality of tension as far as the scale will admit ; and by a fine discrimination of the proper striking place or point of attack upon the strings. The highly complex nature of the instrument offers inexhaustible facilities for choice in modification of these conditions, which, combined with tradition in working, an important factor, may be taken as the distinctive note of personality in a maker. But we must not forget that there is also a national taste in choice of tone which has an unmistakable influence.

A table of dates will be found a useful con- clusion to this article.

��1598 1709 1716

��1731 1738



1768-60 1759 1764

1766 1767

17C8 1770 1772

1772 1773 1777 1777 1777 1780 1782

1783 1786 1787 1787 1788

1789 1790

1794 1794 1794 1796 1800

��Piano e Forte. Name of a keyed instrument at Modena.

Cristofori had made four pianofortes in Florence.

Marius submitted models of pianofortes to the Academy In

Paris. Schroeter submitted two models of pianoforte actions to the

Court at Dresden. Gottfried Silbermann. of Freiberg, showed two pianofortes

to John Sebastian Bach. Cristofori died. Schroeter wrote to Mitzler, claiming to have Invented the


J. S. Bach played on a Silbermann pianoforte before Frede- rick the Great. Gottfried Silbennann died.

Friederici, of Gera, made the first square pianoforte. John Christian Bach came to London. Schroeter published in Marpurg's work his claim to have

invented the pianoforte. Date of oldest Zumpe square piano known. A ' new Instrument called Piano Forte ' announced at Cerent


J. C. Bach played a solo on the pianoforte in London. Muzlo Clement! composed pianoforte music. The pianist J. S. Schroeter (not the organist) came to


Backers about this time invented the English Direct Action. Burney praised Backers' pianofortes. Mozart played on Stein's pianofortes at Augsburg. Stodart adopted the name ' grand ' pianoforte. Seb. Erard made the first square piano in France. John Broadwood re-constructed the square piano. Mozart and Clement! played upon the pianoforte before the

Emperor at Vienna.

John Broadwood patented loud and soft pedals. Gelb patented the square ' grasshopper' action. John Landreth patented the upright ' grand piano. Walton patented a soft pedal with shifting hammers. John Broadwood about this time made a new scale grand

piano, dividing the curved bridge.

Stein, of Augsburg, Invented a soft pedal with shifting actloi John' Broadwood made the first piano with five and a half


William Southwell Invented the 'Irish' damper. Andreas Streicher perfected the Viennese grand action. John Broadwood made the first piano with six octaves. Seb. Erard made his first grand piano In Paris. Clementi, in partnership with Collard, began about this

time to make pianos.

��1SOO 1802 1807

��1811 1820

��1821 1821

��1825 1825

1826 1827

1827 1831 1833

1835 1838 1840

1843 1847 1S51

1851 1853 1854 1859

��Isaac Hawkins patented an upright pianoforte.

Thomas Loud patented a diagonal upright pianoforte.

William Southwell patented the cabinet pianoforte.

James Broadwood first applied tension bars to a grand piano.

Seb. Erard patented the upward bearing and the 'celeste' pedal.

Robert Wornum made the first cottage pianoforte.

William Allen Invented and brought out at Stodart's a com- pensating grand piano with metal tubes and plates.

Seb. Erard patented his double escapement action.

S. Herve Invented the fixed stringplate (brought out at Broad woods').

James Broadwood adapted tension bars to the stringplate.

Liszt came out in Paris on an Erard grand piano. Seven octaves, C C.

F. Erard patented bolts to tension bars.

Alphaens Babcock patented In America a cast Iron frame square piano.

B. Wornum patented the crank action. Improved 1828.

James Broadwood patented tension bars and stringplate combined in a grand piano.

James Stewart patented stringing without 'eyes' to the strings (in Messrs. Collards' pianos).

W. Allen patented In London a complete cast-iron frame piano.

Conrad Meyer patented In America a cast-iron frame square piano.

Boehm had over-strung pianos made In London.

P. Erard introduced the ' Harmonic bar.'

Jonas Chlckerlng patented In America a cast-iron frame with damper socket (square piano).

A. Bord of Paris Invented the ' Capo tasto' bar.

H. F. Broadwood Invented his 'Iron' grand pianoforte.

Jonas Chlckerlng exhibited In London grand pianos with frames In one casting.

Lichtenthal, of St. Petersburg, exhibited In London over- strung grand pianos.

Chlckerlng * Son combined east frame and over-stringing In a square piano.

H. WOlfel, of Paris, Invented an Iron wrestplank with me- chanical screwplns.

Steinway * Sons patented In America a cast frame over- strung grand piano, and doable overstrung square piano.

Montal, of Paris, exhibited in London a third pedal for prolonging sounds after the fingers have quitted the keys.

H. F. Broadwood patented the metal plnplece or wrestplank with screw tuning-pins (not mechanical).


��l The Capo Tasto bar recalls Schroeter's ' Wlderstandseisen,' but was lot taken from It. J From the Beport of M. Fells on the Paris Exhibition ot 1KJ5. It

��appears that the first Idea of this pedal had occurred to Xavler Bolsselot of M arsellles, who had shown In the ' Exposition Natlonale, 1844, a piano ' a sons soutenus & volonteV

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