The "sophisticatedly" simple pianoforte designed and constructed in 1766 by Johannes Zumpe (1726-1790) was the true driving force behind the piano's social, commercial, and creative route forward. So, here we spotlight a constructor and an instrument that are both of cardinal importance in piano history. The Barcelona Music Museum holds a key example of the Zumpe piano, one dating from 1776, just 10 years after the start of that pathway.
Thanks to a lengthy process of research, study, and restoration backed by the Museum and carried out by organologist Kerstin Schwarz, this instrument has regained its original beauty and expression, opening a new window on an era that laid the foundations of modern culture and society. This book places the instrument in its social context and describes the restoration process through articles by specialists such as Michael Cole, Pablo Gómez Ábalos, and Kerstin Schwarz.
This latest publication extends the collection of specialist editions by the Museu de la Música de Barcelona —in both print and e-book versions—which began with its work on Lorenz Hauslaib's claviorgan.
For a free download of the e-book, please find the code at the end of the print version.