Gdańsk, always providing a point of argument Poles and Germans, until 1945 inhabited by various nationalities (and this no matter what, under whose crown subject), in the field of construction of musical instruments reflected the overall situation of their nationality, or a mixture of Germans and Poles of different Germanization degree (assimilation). Continue reading →
Production of pianos in Gdansk was modest and, in relation to the average German city, quite marginal, and so on all the components of this phenomenon have to look for a suitable prism, not overestimating their importance.
Among the dozen or so small studios, workshops, plants and plant stands out manufakturek Max Lipczinskiego. I will not risk the assertion that it was the "best" among the Gdansk plant. I do not want, on the one hand, to overestimate its importance at the expense of others; On the other hand, I'm not sure, or even longer operating plant Heinrichsdorff not enrolled in the history of the piano housing Gdańsk more. So what to do with the family Wiszniewskich who can not participate in the "ranking" if only because it created almost 100 years ago, on a completely different scale, producing a completely different instruments, which was not already in the era of Lipczinskiego and Heinrichsdorff design? Read more →
A striking phenomenon in the musical history of nineteenth-century Gdansk and Bydgoszcz enrolled Wiszniewskich family of Polish origin, builders pianos.
At the moment it is difficult to say to what extent and whether it has been assimilated, but picked names - Friedrich Eugen, Bernhard, Philibert, etc. - Rather not leave doubt about that.
Probably, the family came from Warmians or Mazurians, living in the southern foreland of Konigsberg. Construction of pianos (years 1820-1896) dealt with the five members of the family, gathered around three independent label in Gdansk and at least one in Bydgoszcz . Continue reading →
Trying to find anything on the web about the activities of piano factories in postwar Bank and Leszno , I encounter only on your site. Good, what ?!
But today I was able to find on the net interesting document describing the formation of Polish music industry in the early post-war years. The state of the music industry, of course. Continue reading →