Grand piano, ca. 1790 Attributed to Johann Schmidt (Austrian, active late 1700s)
- Materials: Cherry veneer, black-stained wood, bone - Key Range: 66 - 61 manual, 13 doubled on pedals, 5 bass pedals. -Other Notes: This is a rare piano featuring a 18-note pedal board - They duplicate the lowest 13 manual keys and extend the 5-octave range by 5 bass notes. It also includes knee-levers to operate dampers and a ‘soft’ stop, and a hand-lever for a ‘bassoon’ stop (a piece of parchment is laid on the lower 26 notes for the buzzing effect). The entire piano is double strung - two strings per note. Mozart owned a similar piano.
"De Musica", Boethius, ca. 12th century via National Library NZ, No Known Copyright Restrictions
“This is a manuscript about the theory of music. It was copied probably in England at Christ Church, Canterbury, in the second quarter of the twelfth century. Its main focus is the mathematical basis of music, and the beautifully-drawn diagrams with their graceful arches illustrate the mathematical ratios which produce the various intervals in the musical scale. Sometimes these diagrams take on animal forms such as here.” - National Library NZ on Flickr Commons
“I think sometimes about old painters—they get so simple in their means. Just so plain and simple. Because they know they haven’t got time. One is aware of this as one gets older. You can’t waste time.”