Published May 26, 2010
Kathaleen Chandley, an accomplished pianist who has taught piano to two generations of Wake Forest children over 41 years, will provide the inaugural program in the new Wake Forest Birthplace Museum for the Wake Forest Historical Association meeting on Sunday, June 13.
The focus of the program will be the beautiful rosewood veneer Broadwood pianoforte that was donated to the museum by Sherrill and Susan Brinkley.
Chandley said she would give a brief history of the pianoforte and its significance and would play, gingerly because it is a delicate instrument about 200 years old, a few pieces.
The pianoforte was built by the Broadwood company, the oldest builder of pianos in England, some time between 1800 and 1815. “We can’t get the exact date,” Chandley said, because the record book for its serial number, 3865, has been lost. By the 1840s, the serial numbers for Broadwood pianos were up in the 16,000s.
The museum’s pianoforte is almost identical if not identical to one the company sent to Ludwig van Beethoven, a pianoforte that became his favorite, “or at least for a while,” Chandley said, because piano companies frequently sent him examples of their work.
Chandley stressed that the pianoforte, while a forerunner of the grand pianos we know today, has differences. Today’s grand pianos were not built until the very early 1900s.
The program will begin in the new museum at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 13, and refreshments will be served. The meeting is open and free to everyone and is one of four general meetings the historical association holds each year. There is parking available on the museum grounds in the new parking lots behind and next to the museum.