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Restore a John Broadwood c. 1806 piano

And then record sonatas for Therese Jansen by Haydn & Clementi

Restore a John Broadwood c. 1806 piano

And then record sonatas for Therese Jansen by Haydn & Clementi

€221
pledged of €4,000pledged of €4,000 goal
4
backers
38days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 31 2019 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.

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About the Project

So far, I've got €1000 pledge from other donors outside of Kickstarter! It's a good start! I will also be using some of my savings to cover the restoration, but this Kickstarter is designed to supplement the cost!

 My name is Anders Muskens, and I am a young, emerging professional fortepiano and harpsichord player from Canada living in the Netherlands. I specialize on bringing music from the 1700's and 1800's to life on instruments used in the period - which are extremely different from modern ones!

I graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and I am now just beginning my international music career across Europe and North America!

You can learn more about me at andersmuskens.com! Among my qualifications, I was chosen as an Artist in Residence on solo fortepiano and harpsichord at the National Music Centre in Calgary, Canada, and I played solo programmes and with ensemble in the Utrecht Early Music Festival Fabulous Fringe, the London International Exhibition of Early Music, the MAfestival Brugge (BE), the Laus Polyphoniae Festival Antwerp, the Geelvinck Fortepiano Museum in Zutphen (NL), and the Wahrenbrücker Graun-Festtage (DE).

I recently acquired a very special piano - a John Broadwood & Sons grand pianoforte built in London in the year 1806! It's in fantastic condition, but requires some restoration to get it to 100% This is exactly a type of piano famous Classical composers Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Muzio Clementi were familiar with and wrote for.

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 I am asking for support to help cover the cost of restoration, which will be done by Paul Kobald in Amsterdam. Once the instrument is ready, I'll be able to use it in many concerts and recordings, and I'm super grateful for the assistance!

In order to reward the backers of the campaign, I will record a professional album based around Therese Jansen - a pianist famous in London in the 1790's for which Haydn and Clementi dedicated many fantastic works! She would've known exactly this type of instrument, and it will be extremely nice to bring this special sound back to life as a fascinating window to the past! 

Pictures of the instrument
Pictures of the actual instrument

The Recording

I would like to record the following tracks (all works dedicated to Therese):

  • Haydn - Sonata in C major Hob. XVI: 50 (1794-95)
  • Haydn - Sonata in E flat major Hob. XVI: 52 (1794-5)
  • Clementi - Sonata in C major Op. 33 No. 3 (1794)

You can hear me playing part of the Clementi sonata on a smaller, more domestic square piano from Longman & Broderip c. 1787, also restored by Paul Kobald in Amsterdam!

Risks and challenges

We expect there to be no unforeseen problems in the restoration process, but there is a possibility that complications could occur, due to the fragile nature and age of the instrument in question. But the chances of this are fairly low, as Paul Kobald is a seasoned restorer who has been involved in numerous restorations.

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