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The Oxford Companion to Music

Alison Latham


English firm of piano makers founded in London in 1728 by Burkat *Shudi, whose daughter married John Broadwood (1732–1812) who continued the business after Shudi's death in 1773. The company's earliest instruments were improved versions of *Zumpe's square pianos but by the 1790s Broadwood's grand pianos, triple-strung and with increased dynamic flexibility, were the favourites of many leading composers including Haydn, Clementi, and Beethoven (to whom the firm gave a piano).

Alison Latham


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