Square Piano by Clementi: violin by Michael Cole.

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NEW: 'The First Piano in England' was claimed by Charles Burney to have been made in Rome, and brought to London by his friend Samuel Crisp. But according to a contemporary, William Jackson of Exeter, 'the first piano in England' was the one he saw at the home of 'Mr. Jennings' in Great Ormond Street. To read more, click this link first piano.html – or on the yellow text in the right hand column.

Pioneer Pianomakers in London (a paper jointly written by Michael Cole and Margaret Debenham) for the Royal Musical Association continues to be noticed: It has been read and/or downloaded more than 5200 times from the Taylor & Francis academic website. Naturally, we are pleased that the stories of Plenius, Neubauer and Vietor, who each made 'pianos' before 1765, are now more widely known. The publishers, Routledge, allow access to this paper free of charge for which we are grateful. So if the advent of the piano is of interest, the information is there for you.

At the same time, Margaret Debenham's paper on Joseph Merlin is well past 4000 views.

Latest revision: 11 July 2024

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