People and Pianos: A Pictorial History of Steinway and Sons

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(Amadeus). This is the story of how the Steinway piano came to be the instrument of choice for the world's greatest pianists. In 1953, Theodore Steinway wrote this narrative in longhand on yellow legal pads as a tribute to his father and to commemorate the first 100 years of Steinway & Sons. The book was a memento for employees and was never released to the public. This revised edition brings the history of this remarkable company to the present day through recollections of Henry E. Steinway, the last family member to remain involved with the ...

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Overview

(Amadeus). This is the story of how the Steinway piano came to be the instrument of choice for the world's greatest pianists. In 1953, Theodore Steinway wrote this narrative in longhand on yellow legal pads as a tribute to his father and to commemorate the first 100 years of Steinway & Sons. The book was a memento for employees and was never released to the public. This revised edition brings the history of this remarkable company to the present day through recollections of Henry E. Steinway, the last family member to remain involved with the company, and Peter Goodrich, vice president of concert and artist relations, who has been with the company for 30 years. In 1850, Henry Engelhard Steinway left Germany for New York City and established what was to become the standard of excellence in the piano world. Using photographs and anecdotes, this book chronicles the business from its beginnings through the Depression, when many piano manufacturers went out of business, through World War II, when the company was forbidden to make pianos, and through the advent of modern technology. Through it all the Steinway piano has prevailed as a symbol of quality. The Steinway artist roster is a living tribute to the company and its pianos. More than 1300 performers have publicly endorsed the Steinway because they believe in the quality of the instrument and will only play and perform on a Steinway.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574671124
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 421,815

Table of Contents

People & pianos - the first edition 1
1836 : 1853 : 1866 : origins 3
1866-1896 : the perfection of the instrument 23
1896-1953 : the instrument of the immortals 55
In tune with the future 85
1853-1953 : Steinway artists 101
1953-1961 : since the centenary 115
A contemporary perspective 119
On the family, the business, and the artists 121
Behind the scenes 143
Steinway & Sons Hamburg 157
The last fifty years 163
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    history of the Steinway piano and the company that made it

    This is a reprinting of the book written by Theodore Steinway on legal pads that in 1953 was given to Steinway and Sons employees as a commemoration of the company's one hundredth anniversary in the U.S. The original book was reprinted in 1961 with minor additions. This reprinting expands the earlier limited-printing editions with a 40-page section with material by Henry Steinway and the president of Steinway and Sons Bruce Stevens recounting the history of the company over the last 50 years. Both old and new parts are heavily illustrated with photographs of noteworthy individuals and Steinway pianos from different eras. Readers learn why and how the Steinway piano came to be and continues to be the preferred piano by almost every top music performer and composer around the world.

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