Featured Instrument August 2018: Robert and William Nunns, c. 1829, NY

August 1st, 2018

There are a couple of highly political pianos in the collection and this beautiful 1829 Nunns square piano is one of them. The piano came to the collection in 2013 when it was bought at auction in North Carolina. The name has been carefully removed from the front, leaving traces of where it once stood. […]

Featured Instrument July 2018: Johann Schanz Grand Piano, 1824, Vienna

July 2nd, 2018

Schanz was among the great Viennese makers in the early 19th Century and was favored by Haydn and Beethoven (early in his career) who had a special arrangement with Schanz, often writing to his friends to arrange sales of this maker’s pianos. Schanz’s largest clientele was in Italy, though, and most of his extant pianos […]

Featured Instrument June 2018: Robert and William Nunns 1828, New York

May 30th, 2018

Visitors to the museum who take the elevator to the second floor are greeted by one of the most stunning instruments in the entire exhibit, the 1828 Nunns Brothers piano, one of three of their French pillar and plinth style designs.   The brothers immigrated to America in the early 1820’s and went to work […]

Featured Instrument May 2018 : The 1790 Dackweiller Square Piano, Paris

April 30th, 2018
Dackweiller Square Piano

At the Carolina Music Museum nearly every instrument has a wonderful story to tell us but none quite so mysterious as the 1790 Dackweiller square. On the second floor in the museum, along with the other square pianos, the Dackweiller is a beautiful piece of furniture in addition to being a wonderful instrument. One is struck by the elegant incorporation of the two pedals into the piano’s design. 

Featured Instrument April 2018: Johann Schanz Grand, 1825, Vienna

April 9th, 2018
Johann Schanz Grand, 1825, Vienna

Shanz was among the great piano makers in the early 19th Century and was favored by Haydn and Beethoven early in his career.

Featured Instrument February 2018: The 1748 Spinet Harpsichord

March 12th, 2018
The Kirckman Harpsichord

The 1748 Spinet Harpsichord Jacob Kirkman, London The Kirkman family of harpsichord makers, beginning with Jacob Kirkman, was the most prolific builder in London during the 18th century. Kirkman concentrated on the large harpsichords and the number of spinets made by the firm must never have exceeded a small fraction of the their total output. […]

The Museum houses over 40 English, European, and American pianos and harpsichords dating from 1570 to 1845

January 22nd, 2018

Dedicated exhibit and performance rooms will house more than 40 English, European, and American pianos and harpsichords dating from 1570 to 1845.