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ErardA Passion for the Piano$
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Robert Adelson

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197565315

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197565315.001.0001

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Passing the flame

Passing the flame

(p.131) 14 Passing the flame

Robert Adelson

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For more than fifty years, the Erard firm had enjoyed relatively stable management in the hands of Sébastien and Jean-Baptiste. Sébastien’s death in 1831, however, ushered in a volatile period of just over twenty years during which the direction of the firm would change twice. At first, Pierre took control of the enterprise, doing his best to maintain the firm’s reputation for innovation. But Pierre’s unexpected cognitive decline and early death resulted in the transfer of the firm’s management to his wife Camille, thrusting the future of the Erard manufacture into unknown territory.

Keywords:   Frédéric Chopin, Pleyel firm, Franz Liszt, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Pierre Erard, Camille Erard, 1851 London Exhibition, Broadwood firm, Hector Berlioz

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