Americans Take the Lead
Grand Piano, 1865
Maker: Chickering
Boston, Mass.
photo by SI
Chickering applied Babcock's one-piece iron frame to grand pianos and became the first American maker
to sell grands in quantity. Instruments like this one were played by the first internationally acclaimed
American musician, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, during his US tours.
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Grand Piano, 1892
Maker: Steinway & Sons
New York
photo by SI
This fully modern piano incorporates all the innovations introduced by Steinway in the late 1800s: modern
grand piano action, cross-stringing, and the sostenuto pedal. Created by Steinway for the Polish pianist
Ignacy Jan Paderewski for his second tour of the US in 1892-93, the virtuoso traveled across the country in
a private railway car equipped with bedroom, dining room, living room, and a staff of servants.
Upright Piano, 1876
Maker: Weber Piano Company
New York
photo by
Robert C.
This piano's case features elaborate carving, inlay, and marquetry created by the famous New York
cabinetmakers, Herter Brothers. Albert Weber emerged as a new rival of Steinway in the 1870s and created
this piano especially for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
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