This performance is just so stunning! The antique piano sounds SO much better than a modern one. The sound is rapturous, rich and brimming with life!
Here is a miniature Mozart figurine I made playing his fortepiano:
This handmade Mozart music room diorama is listed in my Etsy shop, click here to see more photos: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/689564231/mozart-figurine-in-a-miniature-music?ref=shop_home_active_2
Happy Birthday remembrances to Bedřich Smetana, born on this day 2 March 1824.
In the years between 1854 and 1856 Smetana suffered a series of personal blows. In July 1854 his second daughter, Gabriela, died of tuberculosis. A year later his eldest daughter Bedřiška, who at the age of four was showing signs of musical precocity, died of scarlet fever. Smetana wrote his Piano Trio in G minor as a tribute to her memory; it was performed in Prague on 3 December 1855 and, according to the composer, was received “harshly” by the critics, although Liszt praised it. Smetana’s sorrows continued; just after Bedřiška’s death a fourth daughter, Kateřina, had been born but she, too, died in June 1856. By this time Smetana’s wife Kateřina had also been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
How sad! Poor Smetana- losing 3 little daughters. I wonder what Bedřiška’s life would have been like had she survived. Would she have been a composer too?
This lovely piano has a delicate, sweet sound!
I saw a Broadwood Square piano at Castle Howard recently:
Isn’t it lovely? It plays well I think as the guide pressed a few keys and it sounded nice. It looks well cared for. It sits in a beautiful little music room.
I’ve a fondness for square pianos, and so I had to make one for my next piano roombox. Here is a Regency era square piano in a roombox I completed yesterday.
I made the Piano out of cardboard boxes, vintage sheet music, and matches for legs. It has been decorated with craft gems and pretty trimmings. The sheet music was painted with sienna and gold acrylic paints.
The stool is also made out of a cardboard box, matches for legs and covered with a hand sewn cushion and various pretty ribbons and trimmings.
The wall candles are birthday cake candles covered with painted vintage book pages and glued onto metal craft fans for sconces.
I had bought a new design pad and loved this turquoise paper that has a period wallpaper design with some lettering on it- I think it makes the roombox have a charming Regency look.
You can see more photos of the Regency Piano Roombox here in my Etsy shop: