Petit Trianon - Instruments

The victory of the fortepiano over the harpsichord at the end of the 18th century coincides with the same era when the flute became the favoured instrument in musical society. The cello, too, succeeded in emancipating itself into a string instrument worthy of a solo instrument parallel to the violin.
It was in Italy around 1700 that the idea to supply a harpsichord with hammer mechanics which allowed the musician to create "piano e forte" through change in pressing the key; this invention, however, took a further two generations to establish itself in the whole of Europe, emanating from the German speaking Europe, through the invention of the so called "Wiener Mechanik". It was almost at the same time that together with the invention of the "Fortepiano", that the "Violoncino" in Northern Italy was considered worthy for the first time to become a solo instrument in chamber music. It was also around the turn from the 18th to the 19th century that the flute became fashionable as a solo instrument as well as a chamber instrument in the musical world of France. This trend started in France and then conquered the rest of Europe.
If you like, we can not only see three entirely different instruments in a flute trio with a flute traversiere, a cello and a fortepiano, but also the three dominating tastes of the 18th century, the French, the Italian and the mixed German styles.
Petit Trianon is convinced that it is possible to convey the beauty of the music in the most authentic and original way through an authentic way of playing with the most adequate instruments possible.
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