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Erard: A Passion for the Piano

Robert Adelson


Sébastien Erard’s (1752–1831) inventions have had an enormous impact on instruments and musical life and are still at the foundation of piano building today. Drawing on an unusually rich set of archives from both the Erard firm and the Erard family, Robert Adelson shows how the Erard piano played an important and often leading role in the history of the instrument, beginning in the late eighteenth century and continuing into the final decades of the nineteenth. The Erards were the first piano builders in France to prioritise the more sonorous grand piano, sending gifts of their new model to bo ... More

Keywords: piano, Erard, instruments, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Paris, France, London, eighteenth century, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197565315
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197565315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Adelson, author
Professor of Organology and Music History, Conservatoire de Nice-Université Côte d'Azur