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Media > The World’s Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You’d Think
June 23rd, 2017

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Preserved historical instruments provide a tangible link to our musical past. But pianos are delicate creatures, and unlike violins, violas, and cellos, don’t always age very well.

Media > Theodore Roosevelt and the Gold Steinway
April 19th, 2017

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When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, America was in an era of great technological and industrial growth. Within the previous half-decade, Alexander Graham Bell had invented the telephone, Thomas Edison had invented the modern light bulb and railroads connected [...] more >>

Media > Steinway’s Grand Ambitions for Its Pianos in China
December 16th, 2016

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Dozens of girls in tiaras and boys in tuxedos who dreamed of becoming China’s next musical sensation stared at the beast onstage. At nine feet long and nearly 1,000 pounds, with a steely black sheen and a price of more [...] more >>

Media > Bronfman Battles Bartók in Vienna
February 5th, 2016

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. London Symphony Orchestra first violinist Rhys Watkins snapped this photo last night at the intermission of the LSO concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Yefim Bronfman was the soloist in the Bartók’s [...] more >>

Media > Pianos that strike a chord with adherents
December 18th, 2015

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Great pianos are like sports cars: They have passionate adherents, their owners are often fiercely loyal to one brand, and at the top of the line, the differences between one and another come down in part to personal preference. Here’s [...] more >>

Media > Playing Mozart’s Piano Pieces as Mozart Did
October 9th, 2015

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Classical piano pieces by such composers as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin likely sounded much different when the masters first performed those works than they do today. Pianos themselves have changed considerably — but so, too, has technique.

Media > The Hindenburg’s Aluminum Piano
August 28th, 2015

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The Hindenburg featured the first piano ever to be carried on a passenger aircraft.

Media > Top Five Pianists Who Developed Personalized Instruments
August 26th, 2015

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Little has seemingly changed in piano design over the past century and a half, but over that time several distinguished pianists have tinkered with the instrument to serve their needs, including the five musicians below: