In the spring of 1818, the English piano makers Broadwood and Sons gifted and sent Beethoven a new grand piano. It had a bigger and stronger tone than previous models and an increased range of notes.
Delivering the piano to Beethoven was expensive, time consuming and arduous. It
had to be shipped to Trieste and then carried by mules to Vienna over uneven, energy sapping dirt tracks that traversed jagged, inhospitable
All the effort was worthwhile.
Beethoven took to his new piano immediately, and it
inspired him to create one of his greatest piano sonatas: No. 29 in B flat Major,
Opus 106 "Hammerklavier".
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