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date: 22 November 2019

Dohnal [Donal], Joseph Sr. locked

  • Michael Latcham


(b Dugy, Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic), 1759; d Vienna, Dec 30, 1829). Piano maker, active in Vienna. He qualified as a master in 1793 and became a citizen of Vienna in 1797; in 1806 his accomplishments were acknowledged by an attestation from the city magistrates. In 1818 his workshop passed to his son Joseph Jr (b Vienna, Austria, 1 Jan 1793; d Vienna 1865), who is thought to have been a pupil of Joseph Brodmann. Joseph Dohnal Jr received citizenship in 1819. The Dohnal workshop made orphicas, portable pianos carried with a strap around the neck or played on the lap, for their inventor, Carl Röllig. A few grand pianos, typically Viennese, by Dohnal are known: from about 1810 (F′–c″″, US.ASH.frederick); from about 1815 (F′–f ″″’,; from about 1820 (F′–f ″″, a pyramid piano, U. of Göttingen); and ...

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