John Broadwood and Mary Kitson were married in December 1781. They had six children. Thomas Broadwood, Mary's oldest surviving son, was the man who presented a six-octave grand piano to Beethoven in 1817. There is more about the Broadwood family and their pianos here.



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Here you'll find reliable information about antique keyboard instruments, their music, and related topics. (This site is frequently scanned and archived by the British Library.)

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A youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano continues to introduce more people to the charming sonorities of professionally restored instruments of this type. It is hoped to prepare more for publication, when I have sufficient time. Meanwhile there is a simple recording of John Field at the top of the left hand column.

Pioneer Piano Makers, the paper published in the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, continues to be the most popular item from the RMARC site. This is of course gratifying for the authors, Margaret Debenham and Michael Cole. It is still available to read online (main subjects: Plenius, Neubauer, Vietor).

Last revised: 2 December 2016

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