Chopin`s Pianinos and the Discovery of Their Secrets
On May 3, 2014, after the end of the Szymanowska Conference in Paris, I took a trip outside of Paris to the workshop of harpsichord maker and collector of Pleyel pianos, Oliver Fadini. I went with the renowned Chopin specialist, Prof. Halina Goldberg of Indiana University. Our tour was arranged by Fadini's friend, music journalist at Radio France, Gilles Bencimon, a fervent lover of Chopin's music and the sound of historical pianos and pianinos...
Pianino Pleyel made by Ignace Pleyel serial number 5510 year 1836
It is said that Chopin often admired and used these small beautiful instruments.
Unique Pianino made by Pleyel Paris serial number 18058 made in the year 1852.
Special sculpted oak case is Renaissance style . Two winged griffons adding a stature along the front panel of the piano protecting the piano as guardians. This special and unique piano was Ordered by Charles Louis Ambroise Thomas (5 August 1811 – 12 February 1896) famously known French composer, best known for his operas Mignon (1866) and Hamlet (1868, after Shakespeare) and as Director of the Conservatoire de Paris from 1871 till his death.
Erard Upright Pianino 1840 - Serial number 14798
Erard upright three cord, serial number 14798 year 1840 sold on commission by W. Kruger to Mr. John Palgrave Simpson Famous dramatist and novelist.