A growing number of families in China are able to afford a piano and lessons for their children. In 2013, the ownership of pianos had grown to three pianos for every 100 urban households, according to a report by marketresearchreports.biz, and the number is expected to rise to four by 2020. But there is still a big gap between China and developed countries (20 to 30 pianos per 100 households) in terms of piano ownership, which means there is still great potential for growth, the report concluded...
Exquisite Fine art cased piano by Erard serial number 79198 made in the year 1899,
sold by Boudet Paris high end luxury furniture boutique.
A fine French ormolu-mounted mahogany, satinwood and fruitwood marquetry and parquetry-inlaid upright piano.
Grand piano, ca. 1840
Sébastien Érard (1752–1831), who made his first piano in 1777, manufactured harps and pianos, and published music. Founding his firm in Paris in 1768, he served many French aristocrats: the duchesse de Villeroy provided him with a workshop, and he designed a special transposing piano for Marie Antoinette. The French Revolution seriously impaired sales (many of Érard's early instruments were confiscated from the aristocracy and burned), so he opened a second manufacturing and sales facility in London.
Érard's first pianos featured an English-style action (key mechanism), but by 1822 his brother and business partner Pierre had patented an improved mechanism featuring a double escapement, to permit players to repeat notes with greater speed and control. This action, with a few refinements, is used in today's grand pianos.
The cast iron frame had been patented in America in 1825, but European piano makers hesitated to adopt this feature (Conrad Graf continued to make wood cases until about 1840). In 1825, the Érard firm patented a frame constructed of iron bars and plates. While not as rigid and effective as the cast iron frame, the bolted-on iron bars, mounted both above and below the soundboard, greatly improved tuning stability. Many prominent musicians, including Haydn and Beethoven, used Érard pianos. Liszt made his sensational Paris and London debuts on Érard pianos fitted with the newly invented double-repetition action...
It's the Bat-piano! Hungarian musician reveals futuristic re-design of piano that looks more suited for super hero's Gotham cave than the Royal Albert Hall
redesigning the grand piano in a workshop above a disused communist-era factory in Hungary
PARIS — The new concert hall here, the Philharmonie de Paris, rises like a flight of doves, its sprawling waves of concrete and steel designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel to symbolize the end of the “eternal ostracism” of the struggling neighborhoods nearby.
After seven years and long delays, the 386 million euro ($455 million) hall — clad in 340,000 interlocking gray, cream, pearl and ivory cast-aluminum birds on the wing — finally opens on Wednesday. President François Hollande of France will inaugurate the hall, and the Orchestre de Paris will play the Requiem by the French composer Gabriel Fauré in a memorial tribute to victims of last week’s terrorist attacks here.
The lingering question about the Philharmonie — after years of political wrangling, infighting, cost overruns and work stoppages — is whether it can truly emerge as a temple of sound that brings egalité to classical music. The hall is on the edge of the Parc de la Villette, in the 19th Arrondissement in northeast Paris, just inside the ring road that symbolizes the divide between the wealthy center of Paris and the working-class and poor suburbs outside of it. The challenge is to still attract aging concertgoers from the center, where most of the city’s established cultural institutions are, but also to reach new generations in the suburbs, or banlieues, long scorned by the City of Light.
“There is nothing else like this until now,” said Laurent Bayle, the Philharmonie’s president. “This is the first signature, cultural building of grand Paris in this area. Before, the Seine River has always defined the axis of other cultural institutions,” like the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Opéra Bastille...