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December 4, 2021

24 Vintage Photos of Edwardian People Posing With Pianos

The modern form of the piano, which emerged in the late 19th century, is a very different instrument from the pianos for which earlier classical piano literature was originally composed. The modern piano has a heavy metal frame, thick strings made of top-grade steel, and a sturdy action with a substantial touch weight. These changes have created a piano with a powerful tone that carries well in large halls, and which produces notes with a very long sustain time.

The contrast with earlier instruments, particularly those of the 18th century (with light wooden frames, lightly sprung actions, and short sustain time) is very noticeable. These changes have given rise to interpretive questions and controversies about performing earlier literature on modern pianos, particularly since recent decades have seen the revival of historical instruments for concert use.

These amazing vintage photos captured portraits of people posing with pianos in the 1900s and 1910s.




























1 comment:

  1. Interesting to see how many people cornered their upright pianos.
    Took up extra space but perhaps gave better acoustics.

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