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date: 14 November 2019

Lindholm, Pehr locked

  • Eva Helenius


(b ?1741; d 1813). Swedish maker of clavichords, harpsichords, and square pianos, active in Stockholm. He apprenticed in carpentry (1764–69) with the master Lars Fogelberg, then became a journeyman and turned to keyboard instrument making, working first with Gottlieb Rosenau, who taught him ‘more urgent and delicate works’ (probably scaling). From 1771, Lindholm worked with Johan Broman, whose workshop he ran on behalf of Broman’s widow after Broman’s death in Feb 1772. She died in July 1773, and Lindholm had probably taken over the workshop when on 9 May 1774 he applied for permission and on 11 Nov 1774 was granted privileges of making ‘musical instruments, especially clavichords and harpsichords’. In 1800 he took his son-in-law Henrik Johan Söderström as partner, but Pehr Lindholm & Söderström was dissolved for unknown reasons in 1810, and the two continued separately. Based on his workshop’s large output over nearly 40 years and his pioneering clavichord designs, Lindholm was the most important stringed keyboard instrument maker in pre-industrial Sweden. He and his many pupils, including H.J. Söderström, Eric Wessberg, Carl Jacob Nordqvist, and Johan Söderberg, are known collectively as the ‘Stockholm school’....

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