Fortepianos for the Schubertiade concerts

Fortepianos used in the series of Schubertiade concerts: Conrad Graf, 1826, Artesis Antwerp - Christopher Clarke, 1997 (facsimile of Conrad Graf, 1826), Ruckers Society.

The decision to use an original fortepiano by Conrad Graf (Artesis Antwerp, deposited at the Museum Vleeshuis) for Schubertiade was founded on two considerations. First of all, the instrument takes us very close to the composer: it was built in 1826 – two years before Schubert’s death – by a maker he knew personally. Secondly,

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Erard Gothic double-action pedal harp – Paris No 4623

This type of harp was patented by Pierre-Orphée Érard (1794-1855) in London in 1836. The instrument is bigger and heavier than the double-action pedal harp patented and produced by his uncle, Sebastian Érard1 (1752-1831). The ‘Gothic’ model (named after the ‘Gothic’ style of column decoration) has 46 or 47 strings (rather than 43) – the

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