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Piano BL16778

An overhead view of an Erard grand piano showing the strings and keyboard. The piano was made by Sebastian and Pierre Erard of London and Paris. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Company, 6th January 1902

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Musical Instrument


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph transports us back in time to the early 20th century, offering a mesmerizing glimpse into the intricate world of music. The image showcases a remarkable Erard grand piano, meticulously crafted by the skilled hands of Sebastian and Pierre Erard from London and Paris. With an overhead perspective, we are granted a unique view of this magnificent instrument's inner workings. The strings elegantly stretch across the wooden frame, their tautness ready to produce enchanting melodies at the touch of a pianist's fingers. Each key on the keyboard stands poised for its moment to create harmonious notes that resonate through space and time. It is as if we can almost hear the ethereal sounds emanating from this grand piano. Photographed on January 6th, 1902 by Bedford Lemere and Company, this print captures not only an extraordinary musical instrument but also serves as a testament to craftsmanship and artistry. The attention to detail is evident in every aspect of this composition - from the delicate curves of each key to the precise alignment of every string. As we gaze upon this historical relic preserved by Historic England, we are reminded of how music has always been an integral part of our cultural heritage. This photograph encapsulates both beauty and history within its frame, inviting us to appreciate not only the skillful construction but also envisioning all those who have played upon these keys throughout generations past.

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