GRAND PIANO JOHANN BAPTIST STREICHER N ° 4032, VIENNA 1847
A CLASSIC AND ROMANTIC PIANO
by Sally Sargent
“This piano is an absolute wonder. It was built by Johann Baptist Streicher in 1847.
It is part of a filiation of 3 generations of piano makers in Vienna from 1802 to 1896. Johann Baptist is recognized for his many innovations concerning the production of sound through technical processes and the use of materials.
The beauty of this piano is that it has both classic and romantic characteristics.
On the one hand, this instrument of traditional Viennese mechanics with skins covering the hammers and a very small depth of touch (4 to 5 mm) turns to the past by choosing this singing sound beautifully clear and objective with many nuances of colors .
On the other hand, this piano looks to the future with a very rich bass sound and a desire to merge and mix the sound. Thus, the pianist will feel in harmony with the scores not only of Beethoven but also with Schumann, Chopin and Liszt.
It is a field of experimentation for the pianist who must find through his interpretation the right language at the time.
Johann Baptist Streicher's mother - Nannette Streicher (née Stein) - founder of the brand, friend of Beethoven-, writes that for a Viennese audience, the most appreciated quality was the ability to sing delicately pianissimi.
The sound characteristics of the Streicher pianos were much admired by many pianists including Clara Schumann and Liszt. It was the son of Johann Baptist Streicher - Emil - who supplied Johannes Brahms with a parallel string piano in 1868 with Viennese mechanics that Brahms played in his music room until the end of his life. "
Sally Sargent, renowned pianist and professor, assistant to Paul Badura Skoda at the University of Vienna.
She wrote the article on Touch in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Member of La Nouvelle Athènes
Collection La Nouvelle Athènes
Piano à queue Johann Baptist Streicher, n°4032, Vienne 1847
Caisse en acajou, 7 octaves La – la, tri-cordes, mécanique viennoise,
garniture des marteaux en cuir. 2 pédales : una corda, forte
242 cm long*140cm large* 46 cm haut 300kg
acquis au sein de la Collection Edwin Beunk, restaurateur
– accessible au Salon Streicher, près des Buttes Chaumont, Paris
DON DE LA FONDATION L’OR DU RHIN