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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