David's Den - " Music To My Ears"

Chopsticks and Chopin

By: David Moon • May 05, 2011 • 1 Comments

Have you ever dreamed of playing the piano? If you're anything like me, and millions of others, the answer is a resounding, yes! The piano is one of the most beloved instruments on the planet. Not only can it produce rich melodious tones and harmonics that are pleasing to the ear, it has a undeniable stately presence whether one is playing it or not. Such is the case with this wonderful, Boston 1894, Chickering Grand Piano from Thomas Livingston Antiques and Latique.com

Jonas Chickering was the foremost American piano maker in the early to mid-nineteenth century. He single-handedly perfected the iron frame in the square piano and the grand piano, adding stability and strength to the instruments, and launching his company into the international market. Even more, he took advantage of an age in which technology, transportation, financial abundance, and American idealism converged, propelling the piano, its music, and its artists into the American mainstream. His firm was largely responsible for the "piano craze" that overtook the United States in the mid 1800's, in which "middle class" status was epitomized by stationing a piano in the living room.

The Chickering pianos built up until and around the Second World War are considered to be second to none; the concert grands built during the period from the late 1800's to 1925 are recognized as having some of the most powerful and ultra-rich melodic sounds possible, especially in the bass tones.

So, whether you're tickling the ivories playing "Chopsticks" in your living room, or performing Chopin's Piano Concerto #1 at Carnegie Hall.....it's all "music to my ears".