The History of the Pianoforte

The History of the Pianoforte

A Documentary in Sound
Eva Badura-Skoda
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/24/2013
Format: Audio DVD
ISBN: 978-0-253-01201-2
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Now available on DVD, this video gives early music lovers a chance to see and hear remarkable pianoforte performances on instruments ranging from the world's oldest surviving piano to a new Bösendorfer computer grand. The program describes amazing discoveries, for example, that Bach used the pianoforte in public performance much earlier than previously thought. Pianists Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcolm Bilson, Jörg Demus, Gerlinde Otto, Hans Kann, Rudolf Scholz, and others play more than 30 instruments, featuring musical works on pianos concurrent with the period. Simultaneously entertaining, amusing, informative, and artistically gratifying, The History of the Pianoforte is a landmark.

Author Bio

Musicologist Eva Badura-Skoda publishes extensively on the history of the piano and on performance practices of the 18th and 19th centuries.


“Those who have attempted the dauntingly abstract task of reconstructing the piano's early history can be grateful for this enlightening contribution by musicologist Eva Badura-Skoda, enhanced by the performances and commentary of her husband, Paul. The Badura-Skodas have impressive credentials to undertake this project, and their extensive knowledge of the subject is matched by an obvious, impassioned enthusiasm.”
 — College Music Symposium

“Sometimes a document appears which crystallizes the knowledge of a subject in an unprecedented way. This video-documentary does just that. It is a splendid achievement and an invaluable resource.”
 — Piano & Keyboard

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