Excerpt from Catalogue of the Exhibition: Horticultural Hall, Boston, January 11 to 26, 1902 In viewing a great work accomplished, it is always interesting to trace the process of evolution which has been the means of arrival at the successful outcome. The achievement of the great pianoforte makers in bringing that instrument to its present popular and general use is a great work. Indispensable the pianoforte has now become, but how few know what it meant to own one a century ago, and how small were the beginnings of the industry which has developed until it has become one of the very first importance. The history of Chickering & Sons is the history of music in America. The immediate predecessors of Jonas Chickering laid the foundation, and he and his successors have built upon it, step by step, the splendid structure which to-day commands the admiration of the whole musical world. The house of Chickering & Sons, Pianoforte Makers, is the oldest in America. It was established in 1823. The making of a pianoforte was at that time an event, and the first instrument made by Jonas Chickering, shown in this exhibition, and those of his contemporaries, Alpheus Babcock, John Mackay, and John Osborn, were works of art, the successful completion of which was of sufficient importance to receive extended public mention. From that early time to the present day the house of Chickering & Sons has made pianofortes continuously, and have more than any other makers been the exponents of the latest and most important developments in pianoforte construction, and, too, the patrons of the best and greatest in countless other ways, always eager for the advancement of the cause of music. It is a long list of successes and a grand record. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.