Petit Trianon - The Key Instruments

Petit Trianon’s repertoire includes times of not only numerous changes in composing, but also of the connected changes in how instruments were being built.
After many attempts were made to improve the cembalo’s dynamic spectrum through added registers and through all sorts of technical improvements in order to adapt it to the requirements of the widespread and flourishing sentimental style, the hammer mechanics eventually started to dominate in the last quarter of the 18th century, at least 7 decades after its invention.

Key instruments used in the Petit Trianon:



Harpsichord after Italian samples of the 18th century by Gabriele Gamberi 1001,
http://digilander.libero.it/ggamberi/italian.htm
This instrument has one manual, three registers -8,8,r and a range of GG,AA-f3. One of the few portraits of the Mozart family shows Nannerl and Wolfgang sitting at a very similar instrument by Cellistini.

Harpsichord after Flemish/French sample by Christoph Kern, 2001


http://www.christoph-kern.de
This instrument has two manuals, three registers
-8,8,4 -,FF-f3.  It is ideal for the French, but also for the German repertoire from Buxtehude to Bach’s sons.

Fortepiano after Anton Walter von Regier 1982, 2004 by Robert Brown completely overhauled.


E-mail: robert.brown@sbg.at
Anton Walter is the most famous and probably the best Viennese piano builder of the 18th century. Mozart and Beethoven owned grand pianos by Walter.
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The Key Instruments