An Ancient American Piano with Clues About Piano Origins

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An Ancient American Piano with Clues About Piano Origins

Lecture-demo with talk by John Watson and piano performance by Thomas Dressler.

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Moravian Historical Society 214 East Center Street Nazareth, PA 18064

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Join the Moravian Historical Society (MHS) on Sunday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. for this informative lecture-demo with John Watson and Thomas Dressler. John Watson will provide compelling research that attributes the MHS 18th century piano to Johann Gottlob Klemm (later John Clemm). If Clemm’s authorship of the MHS upright piano is correct, the MHS instrument stands as the best preserved survivor of his work and likely the first piano made in America. 

In 2019, John Watson and early keyboard maker, Tom Winter, were on site at the Moravian Historical Society’s Museum to study and document the instrument. After that research, they built an accurate, playable reproduction which they then donated to the Moravian Historical Society. 

Watson will present this talk, accompanied by Thomas Dressler who will play the reproduction piano.

The program is free to attend but seating is very limited. Advance registration is required.