19th Century Lifeways Lecture: The Tredwells’ ca. 1848 Piano, Restored! at the Merchant’s House Museum
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m.
Musical instrument conservator Stewart Pollens will describe the design, construction, and special features of the Nunns and Fischer square piano, an instrument made in New York shortly before 1850 and purchased by the Tredwells for the front parlor. He will also discuss the work involved in restoring it to playability.
Mr. Pollens served as the chief conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art between 1976 and 2006. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Early Pianoforte, published by Cambridge University Press in 1995 (reprinted 2009), and is currently writing The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation and Bartolomeo Cristofori: Inventor of the Piano, both of which will be published by Cambridge University Press.