Friday, July 29, 2005

Piano with Pedal Board: Today's Web Pick

This lovely thing is a piano with pedal board made in Italy by Borgato.

Their website is today's web pick. I would completely love to sit down and play at one of these things. I should think it sounds as beautiful as it appears. Visit their website here. It includes a brief history of the pedalboard and some of the composers who wrote for it:

"In the 19th and 20th centuries other composers also wrote for the piano with pedalboard, among these:
Alexandre Pierre François Boëly 1785 – 1858 Twelve pieces Op. 18
Robert Schumann 1810 – 1856 Studien op. 56; Skizzen Op. 58; Six Fugues on the name of "Bach"
Franz Liszt 1811 – 1886 Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam" from Meyerbeer's "Prophet"
Charles Valentin Alkan 1813 – 1888 Twelve Ètudes pour les pieds seulement, Benedictus in D minor Op. 54, Thirteen Prières Op. 64 Eleven Grands Préludes et une transcription du "Messiah" de Händel Op. 66 Impromptu sur le choral de Luther Op. 69 "Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott" Op. 69 for piano with pedalboard
Charles Gounod 1818 - 1893 Fantasie sur l'hymne national russe, Suite Concertante and Danse Roumaine for piano with pedalboard and orchestra, Larghetto for violin, viola, 'cello and piano with pedalboard, Marcia Solenne for organ or piano with pedalboard.
Camille Saint-Saëns 1835 – 1921 Concerto for piano with pedalboard and orchestra (First version of the 2nd Piano Concerto)
Léon Boëllmann 1862 – 1897 Twelve pieces Op. 16
Franco Oppo 1935 "Freu dich sehr o meine Seele" (2000)
Fabrizio Marchionni 1976 "S'Indàssa" (2000)
Jean Guillou 1930 "Epitases" (2002)

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