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Featured Instrument June 2019: Andrew Reuss Square Piano, c. 1835, Cincinnati

The Andrew Reuss square piano, crafted around 1835 in Cincinnati, Ohio, tells a fascinating story of individualized craftsmanship and American Westward expansion. Originally from the Bavarian spa [...]

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Featured Instrument May 2019: Keene & Brackley Spinet Harpsichord, C. 1712

In late April, the 1712 spinet harpsichord by Stephen Keene and Charles Brackley arrived at the museum. This fine English spinet was bought from a Scottish Lord by John Barnes in the early 1980s [...]

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Le Grand Orgue, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, c. 1402

In light of the tragic fire at Notre-Dame de Paris, we step outside our collection to take a closer look at the Cathedral’s Great Organ. Containing work spanning six centuries, the Great Organ is [...]

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Featured Instrument April 2019: Steinway & Sons Grand Piano, c. 1859, New York

In March of 2019, a Steinway & Sons Grand Piano, c. 1859, was acquired for display at the museum by CMM co-founder and former board president Steven Bichel.  It joins five other iron-framed [...]

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Featured Instrument March 2019: John Broadwood & Son Vertical Grand, c. 1805, London

The only one of its kind in the CMM collection, the Broadwood & Son vertical grand piano embodies a zeitgeist of technological innovation extending across the Western world at the turn of the [...]

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Featured Instrument February 2019: Johann Zumpe Square Piano, c. 1778, London

Featured Instrument February 2019: Johann Zumpe Square Piano, c. 1778, London

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Featured Instrument January 2019: 1799 Longman, Clementi & Co.

Featured Instrument January 2019: 1799 Longman, Clementi & Co.

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Featured Instrument November 2018: 1704 Edward Blunt Spinet Harpsichord Copy

In October the Museum welcomed the addition of the 1704 Edward Blunt English spinet harpsichord copy by master builder David Hackett of Chelveston, UK. This small spinet is a very close copy of [...]

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Featured Instrument October 2018: Erard Grand Piano, c. 1863, London

Erard, the official make used by the Paris Conservatoire, was favored by French composers Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel, as well as by Clara Schumann and Liszt. This particular piano possesses a [...]

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Featured Instrument September 2018: Charles Taws Square Piano, Philadelphia, 1794

This 1794 Charles Taws square piano was made for David Rittenhouse, of Philadelphia–Rittenhouse Square is right in the center of present day downtown Philadelphia–who was a friend of [...]

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