created june 2009
Schiedmayer Bicentennial 1809-2009
SCHIEDMAYER MAKING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN STUTTGART
The Schiedmayer family is a rare phenomenon in the history of musical instrument making, an unbroken dedication to a continuously evolving craft spanning a period of over 270 years, by members of the same family.
Balthasar Schiedmayer, the founder of the company, built his first clavichord in 1735 in Erlangen. Seventyfour years later, in 1809 one of his grand-sons, Johann Lorenz, established the piano manufacturing company Schiedmayer & Söhne in Stuttgart. The tradition of making keyboard instruments (clavichord, upright- and grand-pianos, harmoniums, pianolas, celestas) was passed from generation to generation. Schiedmayer & Söhne has been the first using the English action in the pianos in Germany as well as the first manufacturing Harmoniums in this country.
Today, Schiedmayer Celesta GmbH, the only remaining instrument maker of this distinguish family, plays a unique role worldwide. It is currently the sole company manufacturing the musical instrument Celeste invented in Paris by Victor Mustel. The celesta-action has been patented in 1886: felt-hammers set in motion by the keys, strike from above tuned steel bars placed on v-shaped felts resting on wooden resonators. Besides the Celestas, the company manufactures keyboard-glockenspiels and a glockenspiel for pipe organs.
In connection with the two hundred years’ anniversary of Schiedmayer in Stuttgart, Schiedmayer Celesta GmbH organized the 3rd international composition contest for celesta-solo and celesta with ensemble and orchestra. It has been a big success, 145 compositions from 36 countries took part to the contest. The winning scores will be performed on June 28th 2009 during the birthday’s celebration at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart.
If you want to know more about this special family, we recommend the lecture of “ The Fortepiano Writings of Streicher, Dieudonné and the SCHIEDMAYERS written by Dr. Preethi de Silva (Yale University ) published at the Edwin Mellen Press, 978-0-7734-4874-2 [ www.mellenpress.com ]
Website of Schiedmayer www.celesta-schiedmayer.de
Sunday 27th of June 2009 A.D. the Concert Hall of the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart will be the place to be to celebrate a unique moment. At 11:00 Prof. Dr. Werner Heinrichs will officially open the Celebration Schiedmayer 200 Years in Stuttgart.
Following that 4 esteemed members of the German Music will present Congratulations to the Schiedmayer firm, now under guidance of mrs. Elianne Schiedmayer. And starting the countdown to 2037 when this firm will exist for 300 years!
Congratulation speeches are given by:
Historical Schiedmayer instruments will be featured in concert by Preethi de Silva and Thomas Wellen.
A presentation of the Celesta by Prof. dr. Christian Ahrens.
Newsflash A new book about the invention and the musical meaning and use of the Celesta by dr. Ahrens. The book is in German and English. Details to follow!
The four Awardees of the 3rd International Celesta Composition Contest will perform their winning compositions.
We are proud to announce that we will be recording the performances of all Awardees.
Following the concerts the time has come to "kiss and hug" mrs. Schiedmayer, and have some snacks and drinks.
From 15:00 the factory will be rearranged to be an exhibition room. Various historical documents and instruments will be exhibited.
This page will be filled with (lots of) pictures made at the Celebration and an overview of the history of the harmonium building part of the company.