When this piano was born…

This very lovely Bechstein upright piano was born in the year 1905 – quite a busy year to say the least!  Still in very good working order, this charming instrument has seen a lot of history since its birth in the Bechstein factory in Germany.  Let’s take a look at what else happened that year:


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The Trans-Siberian Railway officially opens


Maurice Ravel composes Introduction et Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet


The Scarlet Pimpernel opens at the New Theatre in London


Russian Revolution of 1905: The Imperial Russian Army opens fire on demonstrators, killing 73 and injuring 200 people


United States President Theodore Roosevelt begins a full term


Ford Model F is first produced


Nikolai Medtner publishes Fairy Tales for Piano (Opp.8, 9)


Arnold Schoenberg’s symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande is premiered in Vienna


Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is born and formulates famous equation E=mc^2


Claude Debussy’s La Mer is premiered in Paris


Union between Norway and Sweden dissolved


Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the second time


The Wright brothers’ third aeroplane (Wright Flyer III) stays in the air for 39 minutes


Franz Strauss, musician and composer, father of Richard Strauss dies


Composers Scriabin, Saint-Saens, Rimsky-Korsakov, Faure, Balakirev, Grieg, Mahler, Paderewski and Dukas (among many others), are still alive and composing.


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