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"Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna:
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Piano by Anton Martin Thÿm, ca. 1815

NMM 3587. Grand piano by Anton Martin Thm, Vienna, ca. 1815. Seven pedals: una corda, harp, bassoon, damper, strong moderator, medium moderator, and Janissary (bells and bass drum). Such special effects were popular in Vienna at the time, particularly among upper-class young ladies, who were expected to provide music to entertain their guests.

The purpleheart case has an inlaid ebony/fruitwood edging that depicts a red vine with sunflowers and leaves, strings of red beads with an ink drawing of a woman's face in the center, and grapes and grape leaves. The vertical moldings contain three images--a portrait of a woman, a profile of a man, and a lyre. The pedal support, also gold-painted, is in the shape of a fountain, supported by the tails of two dolphins.

NMM 3587.  Grand piano by Anton Martin Thÿm, Vienna, ca. 1815.  Rawlins Fund, 1985.

Keywell of Thÿm Piano

The curved, fruitwood nameboard features a delicately drawn pen and ink landscape that includes angels and cherubs, a statue of a woman, an amorous couple with the man holding a lyre and the woman a wreath, and a large rock, right of center, on which the signature, Anton Martin Thm/No. 94, is inscribed. The spelling, Vienne, rather than Wien, reflects the fashion at the time in Vienna to write also in the French language. Restoration funds gift of Stella Anker, Vermillion, South Dakota. Rawlins fund, 1985.

Source:  André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), pp. 18, 74, and 75.

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