Preserved historical instruments provide a tangible link to our musical past. But pianos are delicate creatures, and unlike violins, violas, and cellos, don’t always age very well.
When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, America was in an era of great technological and industrial growth. Within the previous half-decade, Alexander Graham Bell had invented the telephone, Thomas Edison had invented the modern light bulb and railroads connected
Dozens of girls in tiaras and boys in tuxedos who dreamed of becoming China’s next musical sensation stared at the beast onstage. At nine feet long and nearly 1,000 pounds, with a steely black sheen and a price of more
Little has seemingly changed in piano design over the past century and a half, but over that time several distinguished pianists have tinkered with the instrument to serve their needs, including the five musicians below: