Classics on the Keys

Hen­ry E. Stein­way, aka Hein­rich Engel­hard Stein­weg (1797 – 1871) was born on Feb­ru­ary 15 – yes­ter­day – in 1797. He was the founder of the piano com­pa­ny Stein­way & Sons. To cel­e­brate his birth and his com­pa­ny’s great instru­ments, we present a pro­gramme of clas­si­cal and clas­si­cal-influ­enced key­board music, fea­tur­ing  a num­ber of instru­ments but espe­cial­ly, of course, the piano.

You’ll hear a wealth of key­board pieces — pri­mar­i­ly on piano and harp­si­chord, but with oth­er tra­di­tion­al key­board instru­ments too — both solo and with oth­er musi­cal forces back­ing them.

The main spread of the pro­gramme encom­pass­es the Baroque and Clas­si­cal peri­ods, but you’ll also hear some more mod­ern pieces includ­ing treat­ments of clas­si­cal pieces, and some engag­ing lit­tle 19th cen­tu­ry pieces that are less well-known. Most of the time, there is a clas­si­cal or baroque link in there some­where, even if it’s not imme­di­ate­ly obvi­ous.

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Time / 19:00/03:00 GMT — for the lat­est instal­ments in our ZBS Foun­da­tion radio adven­tures in The ZBS Radio Hour. See sep­a­rate entry.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

Pho­to by Ruud Cuypers

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