Äolsklavier [aeolsklavier] (Ger.: ‘aeolian piano’)
- Laurence Libin
[aeolsklavier] (Ger.: ‘aeolian piano’)
Keyboard instrument invented about 1822 by Schortmann of Buttelstedt near Weimar. The quiet tone, similar to that of an aeolian harp, was said to be produced by currents of air striking a series of flexible upright wooden rods; the wind was supplied by pedal-operated bellows. It was used in concerts by the military music director C.T. Theuss in Weimar but soon became obsolete. It was reportedly a development of Eschenbach’s slightly earlier free-reed ‘Äoline’ and similar to Baudet’s ‘Piano chanteur’ (...