The Etude, May 1913. Presser’s Musical Magazine. Schubert and His Friends.

The Etude, May 1913. Presser’s Musical Magazine. Schubert and His Friends.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) at the piano, playing for his friends while some of them sing. Appreciation of Schubert’s music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, as on the Etude cover, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades immediately after his death.

Source: http://books0977.tumblr.com/post/65055735676/the-etude-may-1913-pressers-musical-magazine

Why the Progress You Make in the Practice Room Seems to Disappear Overnight

Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you can take a difficult passage, work on it for a bit, get it sounding pretty good, but return to the practice room the next day to discover that you’re back at square 1? That nothing has really changed? And despite how good it sounded yesterday, now it sounds just as bad as it did before you worked on it?

Most of us can live with “two steps forward, one step back.” It’s the “two steps forward, two steps back” that makes us want to tear our hair out.

So what are we to do?

Are we just supposed to keep at it and learn how to be more patient? Or is there a different way to practice that can make these improvements more permanent?

Bösendorfer – 185th Anniversary Concert

From Classic to Modern and the launch of Opus 50,000

Bösendorfer Vienna held a special concert to commemorate their 185th birthday on Tuesday, 22nd October 2013. Performers included Paul Badura-Skoda, Valentina Lisitsa, Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Maria Mazo, Carlo Grante, Janoska Ensemble, Marialy Pacheco, Daniel Serafin.

This was  also be the official release of their 50,000th special edition model piano, which evokes the interior of the Musikverein, Vienna’s historic concert hall. Like the hall, the instrument is bedecked with gold leaf and caryatids – although the final effect is softly neo-classical, in stark contrast to the recent Bechstein ‘golden grand’ . The piano is a 225 model that sports four extra keys in the bass to contra F. On average a Bösendorfer takes a year to make and special models can take considerably longer. So ‘Opus No 50.000’ did not exactly roll off the production line. (In fact, Mr Kemble revealed that it was only just completed in time for the launch).

 

http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/current-news.html?page=9293

Sight and sound of music

A piano is not just a musical instrument but also a piece of furniture that becomes the focal point of the room.

Steinway & Sons Model O piano
A piano naturally becomes the focal point of the room in which it is placed. The Steinway & Sons Model O piano, retailing up to $80,000, is often called the “Living Room Grand” because its 5-foot 10 3/4-inch length fits most rooms.

A piano hits all the right notes in the homes of those who have musicality in mind. But, being a proficient piano player isn’t a prerequisite to having a music room, which can bring a note of sophistication to your house.

Not only can a piano be a key furnishing, it also becomes the focal point of the room in which it is placed, says Robert Berger, spokesman for Steinway & Sons in New York City.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/21/3637558/sight-and-sound-of-music.html#storylink=cpy

8 Ways to Make Your Piano Room Sing

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/976310/list/8-Ways-to-Make-Your-Piano-Room-Sing

My sister just added a beautiful black upright piano to her home. It has turned her place into a musical hot spot for family and friends and has me thinking about getting one. But where would I put it, and how do I design a room with it?

If you have a new or used piano or are pondering the idea, here are some tips on finding a stylish place where your piano sounds and looks great.

Steinway Sold for $438 million

Steinway Musical Instruments Inc was founded in 1853 in a loft on Manhattan’s lower west side. It is most famous for Steinway & Sons pianos, but today its products include Bach Stradivarius trumpets, Selmer Paris saxophones, C.G. Conn French horns, Leblanc clarinets, King trombones, and Ludwig snare drums.

Steinway announced on Monday July 1st that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Kohlberg & Company, a global private equity investment firm, in a transaction valued at approximately $438 million. Upon the completion of the transaction, the Company will become a privately held company.

Under the terms of the agreement, an affiliate of Kohlberg will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock for $35.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of 33%. The board of directors of the Company unanimously recommends that the Company’s stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer.

“Kohlberg’s long history of collaboration to grow and expand some of the world’s leading consumer brands makes us an ideal partner for Steinway to accelerate its global expansion, while ensuring the artisanal manufacturing processes that make the company’s products unique are preserved, celebrated and treasured,” Kohlberg partner Christopher Anderson said.

Shares of Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. jumped $4.62, or 15 percent, to $35.05 in morning trading. Shares this year have risen close to 70 percent.

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Sydney Symphony Piano Sale

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You have the opportunity to select from a range of new and pre-owned upright and grand pianos, all available at a special price for three days only.

Pianos from Family of Steinway Designed Pianos including Steinway & Sons, Boston and Essex as well as Yamaha, Kawai, Bosendorfer, Kemble, Brimsmead and Broadwood will be available.

Upright pianos from $3,000
Grand pianos from $7,000

Sale Dates:
Friday 14th June (By Appointment)
Saturday 15th June (By Appointment)
Sunday 16th June (Open to Public)

To make an appointment, phone (02) 9958 9800 or email steinway@themeandvariations.com.au

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