Mario Merdirossian

Video - The Piano Story

Master Class at El Camino College, Los Angeles.
Part I 17th, 18th and Early 18th Centuries

Video 1 of 3 (Continue) [4:16 ]

• The modern piano and its predecessors • The zither • Inner mechanics of the harpsichord and the clavichord • Musical forces behind the invention of the fortepiano
• Bartolomeo Cristofori, the “gravicembalo” and the “escape action”.

Video 2 of 3 (Continuation) [3:36]

• Gottfried Silbermann’s fortepiano • Johann Sebastian, Carl Philippe Emanuel and Johann Christian Bach • Johann Andreas Stein’s “prellmechanik” action. The Viennese  School • Mozart vs. Clementi • Young Beethoven and Nannette Stricher’s pianoforte.

Video 3 of 3 (Continuation) [4:58]

• Beethoven’s quest for a richer sonority • John Broadwood and the English  School.
• Beethoven’s last years. His “imaginary” pianoforte • Sebastien Erard. Four giants of the Romantic Period are born.

The Piano Story