I'm sorry I have _a_ clue...
> What is the date of the first recorded
> performance on the pianoforte in England?
> ... For many years it was believed to be a public concert given by
> J.C. Bach on 2 June 1768, at the Thatched House Tavern, St James's
> Street. This is still repeated in the current literature, even
> though at least one earlier date is known. I'm curious if anyone
> here can contribute to this. I'll give my answer to the puzzle a
> little later.
I'm curious ( and I'm also wondering why you should have decided to
ask this quizze on HPSCHD-L and _not_ on the fortepiano@egroups... ).
My guess is you are gonna come up with something earlier than J.C.Bach
on the Zumpe mentioned above. Which could be a ( not yet known to me )
record of anyone's performance on the piano Samuel Crisp had brought
to England from Italy.
( see Chapter 3 of Cole, The Pianoforte in the Classical Era ; Cole
dates Crisp's import "during the 1730s or early 1740s", [ David
Crombie, elsewhere, says "c1752" ]. Cole's assumption is that the
piano was modelled on early Cristofori or possibly later Florentine
"In 1747 the instrument was at Wilbury, the country mansion of Fulke
Greville, who at that time or shortly afterwards paid Thomas Arne a
large some of money to release the young Charles Burney from an
indenture so that he could become Greville's resident music master
(...). In one of the few fragments that remain of Burney's
autobiographical memoirs, there is a brief account of his experience
at Wilbury showing that, at a formative period in his life, the future
music historian and composer had limitless opportunities for daily
practice on this early pianoforte, at a time when very few people had
ever seen such an instrument.
' The touch was very imperfect, and the mechanism clumsy; so nothing
but slow movements could be executed upon it. However, [in] slow
pieces, such as the dead march in Saul, Arne's march in Zara, and a
very few pathetic strains in Italian operas, it had a magnificent and
new effect in the Chiar'oscura of whichk, with a little use, it was
capable. Experience was necessary to the performer
[ sic ]
upon it - which by living in the house and trying the effects and
discovering the degree of force or delicacy of touch it was capable
of, I gained considerable credit in shewing it off. 1)'"
[ sic sic sic ]
[ Michael Cole, op.cit. p.43
1) The Memoirs of Dr Charles Burney, ed. S.Klima et al.
(Lincoln, Nebr., 1988), 72-3 ]
And don't you say a performance is not a performance unless in a
concert hall, Stephen. Too modern a point of view. Remains the problem
Burney doesn't remember exact date of when & to whom he was shewing
[ Donnerstag, 18. Januar 2001 ]
" The world exists for the education of each man. " ( Emerson, History )