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date: 14 November 2019

Hofmann, Ferdinand locked

  • Michael Latcham

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(b 1757; d Vienna, Austria, Jan 26, 1829). Austrian piano maker. Of the first generation of Viennese piano makers, he obtained citizenship of Vienna in 1784. From 1805 until at least 1812 he was chairman of the Viennese piano makers’ association. In 1812 he was appointed to the court as royal and imperial piano maker. In 1804 he was reported to have made one piano a week with his eight journeymen, a rate that accounts for the large number of surviving instruments. About 25 grands (all but two from before 1810), three squares, and one clavichord are known, the clavichord owned by both Haydn and Brahms. None is dated. Similarities among clusters of the grands suggest that Hofmann made them in series. Similarities between the early pianos of Hofmann and Joseph Brodmann (c1771–1848) suggest that Brodmann was a journeyman with Hofmann about 1795.

The earliest of Hofmann’s grands (e.g. ...

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