Sun December 29, 2013
Closing The Lid On Chopin's Favorite Pianos
The Pleyel piano factory, based in Paris, has been manufacturing 88-key masterpieces—a personal favorite of the legendary Frédéric Chopin, as well as impressionist composers like Claude Debussy —for more than 200 years. 2013 is a sad year for ivory-ticklers, then, as Pleyel will shut its doors for good at the end of the year. But... why? Was it a case of sub-par marketing? Over-expensive merchandise? A waning demand for top-quality pianos? Head over to NPR's Deceptive Cadence blog to learn the unfortunate story behind the shuttering of one of history's most important piano factories.