CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014)

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

Catalogue of the Christopher Hogwood Instrument Collection

This online catalogue contains information on the collection of keyboard instruments
assembled by Christopher Hogwood during his lifetime.

The following abbreviations of references are used below:
Boalch2       Donald H. Boalch, Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440–1840, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1974)
Boalch3       Donald H. Boalch, Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440–1840, 3rd edition, edited by Charles Mould (Oxford, 1995)
Clinkscale    Martha Novak Clinkscale, Makes of the Piano, 1700–1820 (Oxford, 1993)



Fortepianos

 

Maker

Josef Johann Brodmann

Manufactured

Vienna, c1815

Description

Six octave Viennese-action fortepiano in walnut veneered case with rounded corners. Raised on four tapered legs with the front two joined by a stretcher carrying four pedals and an ebonised lyre. Case stained red in imitation of mahogany. Formerly owned by Ema Destinnová (Emmy Destinn) and, reputedly, by Weber.

Inscription

Brodmann / in Wien / Josephstadt No 40 on ceramic plaque.

Specification

Viennese action and tri-chord stringing throughout on a single bridge. Four pedals: shift, bassoon, moderator, dampers. In addition there is a knee-lever to operate the moderator.

Pitch

A=430

Compass

FF-f4

References

Clinkscale: Brodmann No. 9.

Restoration

1981 Christopher Nobbs (Missing legs, pedals and lyre copied from Weber's Brodmann in the Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Berlin: Clinkscale: Brodmann No. 10)

Ownership

Private collection.

 
 

Maker

Anonymous

Manufactured

c1815

Description

Six-octave Viennese action fortepiano in walnut veneered case on four tapered legs, the two front legs linked by a stretcher carrying four pedals and an ebonised lyre.

Specification

Four pedals: shift, bassoon, moderator, dampers.

Pitch

A=430

Compass

FF-f4

Restoration

1994 Christopher Nobbs

Ownership

Private collection.

 
 

Maker

Adlam Burnett

Manufactured

Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, 1976

Description

Copy of Viennese-action five octave fortepiano built in the Stein tradition by Matthäus Heilmann, Mainz, c1785, in walnut-veneered case raised on five square tapered legs and with a frame and panel lid.

Specification

Brass kapsels in place of the wooden kapsels used by Heilmann. Single bridge and bichord stringing, with e2 to f3 trichord. Knee-levers operating dampers and moderator and bassoon.

Pitch

A=430

Compass

FF-f3

References

Original in the Colt Clavier Collection, Bethersden, Kent, No. 42 (Clinkscale: Heilmann No. 1).

Restoration

1986 MacKinnon & Waitzman

Ownership

Martin Pühringer, Haslach, Austria.

 
 

Maker

Derek Adlam

Manufactured

Tan Gallops, Welbeck, 1987

Description

Copy of Viennese-action piano by Anton Walter, Vienna, c1795, in yew-veneered casework raised on five tapered legs.

Specification

Strung in brass FF-F then iron throughout; bichord up to a1, trichord b1-g3. Knee-levers operating moderator and dampers.

Pitch

A=430

Compass

FF-g3

References

Original in Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnburg, No. MINe 109 (Clinkscale: Walter No. 9).

Ownership

William Kay, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

 
 

 
 

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