August 8, 1803: Beethoven Gets a New Piano
Parisian Piano Maker Sebastien Erard Gives One of His Sturdy New Creations to Beethoven
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
With a new instrument by Parisian piano maker Sebastien Erard, Beethoven was able to set aside his forte piano and write more expressive and emotional music, beginning with the Waldstein Sonata. New instruments and new technologies have inalterably changed music many times, but the pace of change quickened in the 20th century, with the record player, the computer and the Internet.