Piano Schroeder: luxurious classic
The piano Schroeder was produced at the factory of the same name for more than 100 years (from 1816 to 1917). Despite the fact that the piano factory was located on the territory of the Russian Empire, namely, in the then capital of St. Petersburg, the piano Schroeder has German roots. This factory belonged to a whole generation of craftsmen, and its founder, John Schroeder, was a native of German Saxony.
In general, the first German pianos in Russia appear at the end of the 18th, beginning of the 19th century, exactly after the victory over Napoleon. Having entered the Russian market, the Saxon master set the bar high, because his tools very soon began to enjoy incredible popularity in the world. This allowed Schroeder to expand the business and turn the small workshop on Kazan Street into a real piano factory.
The newspaper "St. Petersburg Vedomosti" in 1920 wrote: "Clavichord master Schroeder, who opened his workshop on B. Liteiny, the house of Folbaum, has the honor to inform the respectable public that he has ready-made instruments for sale, such as an outbuilding piano [grand piano] ] ... with Broadwood mechanics [Broadwood], also of various kinds of pianos ..., adorned with real bronze, very well performed with a full and pleasant tone; he caresses himself with the hope that experts will approve of his work. ”
The history of the factory is rich in inventions. So, in 1833, Schroeder invented an instrument that combines a piano and a harp. In it, the piano mallets touched the strings of the harp and created a unique sound. Later, this instrument was presented as a gift to the wife of Nicholas I, Empress Charlotte of Prussia.
After the death of John, the founder of the factory, the case went to his son, Karl Schroeder. His management of the factory is marked by many innovations. For example, in 1862 he first put a cast-iron frame into the piano, and for some models he made solid-curved cases according to the American design. To improve the upper timbre, Carl invented a special “treble bell”.
Karl Schroeder worked the best piano masters from abroad, and already in 1880 he became the supplier of the Courts of the Emperors of All-Russian, Austrian, German, as well as the kings of Prussia, Denmark, Bavaria and Hungary! The piano of his production was played in the richest houses, at the most luxurious social events and balls! The multi-storey factory "Schroeder" stands in St. Petersburg to this day, and is called the "Harp".
In 1903, the factory was led by Carl's younger brother, John. Karl Schroeder himself left the family business by buying the Jacob Becker factory. Since then, the production of famous pianos has begun to decline. Some of the less successful models have damaged Schroeder’s impeccable reputation. It is worth recognizing, no matter what, the pianos of this factory were still not bad, although they did not cause the past admiration of the public.
Schroeder piano was repeatedly awarded at exhibitions, eminent pianists preferred them for their performances. During the First World War, the circulation of tools amounted to 1, 500 pieces, but after its end the German workers and the Schroeders themselves were forced to emigrate from Russia, and the factory closed.
And here is a video for those who want to immerse themselves in history and “see firsthand” the magnificence of the Schroeder piano!