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THE PERIOD PIANO COLLECTION

 Performing - Studying - Exhibiting - Conserving

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        Bill Shull, RPT, M.Mus.  Founder and President

       610 Amigos Dr C,  Redlands, CA  92373  909 796-4226     PERIOD PIANO CENTER SINCE 2006                       

We seek to rediscover the art of the piano as the composer heard it on the instruments of the time;  to collect and study the instruments themselves, conserving many for history, and performing on many, so we might rediscover history’s magic.  We exhibit and curate instruments, tell the great stories of piano and society, and study the history of the piano, its technology and its builders.

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The instrument used for today’s recital an 8’ 1869 London Erard piano.  Erard was a French builder with an additional factory in London.  Erard is the instrument especially suitable for the French composers whose works will be played. 

This particular instrument, with its highly decorated cabinet, should not be moved frequently, but it is so tonally desirable that we are using it for this event.

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In addition to the extraordinary cabinet with its detailed marquetry and application of ornamental brass, this piano has an unusual “Patent Resonator.”  At the time it was popular for builders to include tonal enhancements (Steinway had its own “Patent Resonator” which compressed the soundboard with perimeter bolts, and both Steinway and Bluthner had “aliquot” systems to create a brighter treble sound).  This interesting device was intended to enhance tone also.  Attached by perimeter flanges at the piano rim, it hangs by strings from the soundboard itself, and so is connected both physically and through sonic proximity.  There is no doubt that, for whatever reason, this is a  tonally extroardinary piano. 

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