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Grand Piano by Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767

NMM 5055. Grand piano by Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767

NMM 5055.  Grand piano by Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767.   Cristofori action. One of the earliest, best-preserved pianos known to survive. Ex coll.: Augusto Carvello Monteiro, Lisbon. Rawlins Fund, 1990.


Listen to the Antunes Piano: Audio Excerpts

Excerpts from the CD, The Portuguese Fortepiano: 18th-Century Iberian Keyboard Music, played by Edward Parmentier

Excerpts from the CD, Sonate da Cimbalo di piano, e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti (Florence, 1732)
by Lodovico Giustini di Pistoia
, played by Cremilde Rosado Fernandes
CDs above available from the Gift Shop


Lit.:  Musical Instruments, London, November 22, 1990 (London: Sotheby's, 1990), pp. 104-105.

"1990 Marked by More Incredible Acquisitions," Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. XVIII, No. 2 (January 1991), p. 1.

"Rare Piano Makes Debut," Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. XVIII, No. 3 (April 1991), pp. 3-4.

Rodger S. Kelly, A Catalog of European Pianos in The Shrine to Music Museum, M.M. Thesis (University of South Dakota: 1991), pp. 3-12.

Sally Prideaux, ed. Sotheby's Art at Auction 1990-91 (London: Sotheby's, 1991), p. 319.

André P. Larson, "Grand Piano, Manuel Antunes, Portugal, 1767," South Dakota Musician, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Winter 1993), cover and p. 24.

John Koster, "Foreign Influences in Eighteenth-Century French Piano Making," Early Keyboard Journal, Vol. 11 (1993), pp. 23-25.

David Sutherland, "Domenico Scarlatti and the Florentine Piano," Early Music, Vol. 23, No. 2 (May 1995), pp. 245.

Stewart Pollens, The Early Pianoforte (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), pp. 137-156.

Cremilde Rosado Fernandes, Ludovico Giustini di Pistoia, Sonate da Cimbalo di Piano, e Forte (Firenze, 1732) (Pacos de Brandao Codex, Portugal: Numerica Editora Discografica, 1996). CD.

Susanne Skyrm, Treasures of Iberian Keyboard Music on the Antunes Fortepiano (1767) (Berkeley, California: Music and Arts Program of America, Inc., 1997). CD.

Michael Cole, The Pianoforte in the Classical Era (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), p. 17.

John Koster, "The 'Godoy' Broadwood Grand Pianoforte with Wedgwood and Tassie Mounts," The Heritage of Wedgwood, edited by Keith A. McLeod and James R. Boyle (Wedgwood International Seminars, 1998), pp. 212-228.

John Koster, "Three Grand Pianos in the Florentine Tradition," Musique-Images-Instruments, Vol. 4 (1999), pp. 94-116.

Edward Parmentier, The Portuguese Fortepiano: 18th-Century Iberian Keyboard Music (Berkeley, California: Wildboar, 1999). CD.

Cover, Piano Technicians Journal, Vol. 49, No. 12 (December 2006), cover, pp. 5 and 15.

John Koster, "Towards an Optimal Instrument:  Domenico Scarlatti and the New Wave of Iberian Harpsichord Making," Early Music, Vol. 35, No. 4 (November 2007), pp. 575-604.

"Instrumental Innovations," Wall Street Journal (December 7, 2007), p. W4.

John Koster, "Traditional Iberian Harpsichord Making in its European Context," Galpin Society Journal 61 (2008), pp. 8, 63.

Ted Muenster, "South Dakota's Shrine to Music," Prairie Fire 3, No. 4 (April 2009): 14.

Susanne Skyrm, ed., with assistance from Calvert Johnston and John Koster, Anthology of Eighteenth-Century Spanish Keyboard Music for Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, or Clavichord (Colfax, North Carolina: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2010), p. 23.

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