~~ Share, celebrate & promote Maitland's diverse history ~~ 11th 12th 13th June 2021
Maitland Heritage Fest Piano Recital – Mindaribba Waltz
Maitland Heritage Fest Piano Recital – Mindaribba Waltz

Maitland Heritage Fest Piano Recital – Mindaribba Waltz

Piano Recital – Mindaribba Waltz & Other Compositions
Saturday 12th June 2021 ~ 6:30 pm
Bookings essential

Piano Recital of the historic Mindaribba Waltz and other compositions.
Venue: Sun Street Studios
Performed by Erin Sweetman, pianist
Maitland Verses Poets alumni Bill Carney will create an original poem to commemorate the performance of the The Mindaribba Waltz

The Mindaribba Waltz was published circa 1895
by Maitland’s own composer Henry “Harry” Hyndes
(1862 – 1898).
The Mindaribba Waltz was published circa 1895
by Maitland’s own composer Henry “Harry” Hyndes (1862 – 1898).
Hear this & other compositions performed by the talented Ms Erin Sweetman, pianist. The concert will feature works by Australian composers such as Andrew Chubb, Wendy Ireland, Katy Abbott as well as Chopin, Schubert and Ludovico Einaudi.

The recital will be played on the studio’s Kawai KG-3C Custom Made Conservatorium Grand Piano
but it is hoped that the historic Mindaribba Waltz will be performed on the studio’s
1840’s Collard & Collard Grand Piano,
but … there is a race on to have it fully restored in time.with a number of intricate pieces to be remodelled and If not playable the Collard & Collard will be on display
On Arrival there will also be an opportunity to hear in action the studios lovingly Laffargue of New York imported by W.H.Palings & Company.

During the night Maitland Verses Poets alumni Bill Carney will create and perform an original poem to commemorate ‘The Mindaribba Waltz’, a milestone composition in Maitland’s history – at the Historic Piano Recital

Read some stories on Henry “Harry” Hyndes

A bio of Erin Sweetman, pianist

Complimentary Sparkling wine and canapes will be served on arrival.
Saturday 12th June 2021 ~ 6:30 pm
Bookings essential

Rediscovering the Mindaribba Waltz:

This musical piece was uncovered by MDHS Honorary Member, Val Rudkin during her research. Val said Finding this piece was a real bonus.  My research was on Robert Hyndes, a notable Maitland identity who was a furniture manufacturer and retailer on High Street and rented “Sans Souci” in Regent Street as his family home.   Extending the research to his family led to the discovery of Harry as a person of talent and therefore of special interest.  I can’t recall exactly how I happened upon the “Mindaribba Waltz” but I was searching for Hyndes and it just popped up as a file held by NLA.   I was very excited about the find and felt that Maitland should recognise the work as an important.

The Pianos

The story of the Collard & Collard – the piano was accepted reluctantly as thre were already a large number of pianos lounging around the studio not doing much at all.
The previous owner had sold their house and was desperate to see it go to a good home, or any home for that matter. The studio was promised they would love it when they saw it despite the state of its insides.
Dating Collards & Collards is notoriously tricky but it is likely made in the 1840’s. There was a similar piano at the heritage listed 1827 Vaucluse house in Sydney.

The Collard & Collard company was originally started by Longman & Broderip, originally a publishing company, in 1767 in Cheapside London. The famous composer & virtuoso piano player Muzio Clementi who published with the firm invested heavily and due to his fame and fortune the firm grew rapidly.

F. W. Collard was also a mechanical genius, and he was awarded several patents for piano design and construction, and instruments by the firm were a sensation across Europe. Muzio Clementi retired by 1815 and the name of the firm was changed to Collard & Collard.

During the middle 19th Century, the firm was managed by Charles Lukey Collard, and he continued to move the firm to the forefront of piano manufacturing in Europe, making Collard & Collard one of the most popular and successful European piano manufacturers of all time. In 1929, the firm was sold to the Chappel Piano Company of London, and the Collard & Collard name was produced until about 1960. information from antique piano shop

Kawai KG-3C Custom Made Conservatorium Grand Piano – excerpt from a review from pianotan.com:~ the lofty pinnacle of the KG Series, the KG-3C speaks with the transcendent character that has made it the definitive choice of the consummate professional. Although it is only a 6 footer, it has incomparable tone and extraordinary power that is the ultimate expression of the KG series excellence.
Its commanding presence graces the stage with authority and elegance while its surpassing tone and elegance are coveted by the world’s finest studios. KG-3C is capable of producing exceptional tone through the full range of musical expression – powerful. delicate, short, long, fast & slow.
Faint praise indeed!

Laffargue of New York Player Piano imported by W.H.Palings & Company:
The Laffargue Player Piano is currently undated but we do have this informaiton from a descendant, Rebecca Paling from Piano Tuners Forum
W.P. Paling “was born in the Netherlands in 1825 and died in 1895. He sailed to Australia in 1853. He was a musician, merchant and philanthropist, and imported pianos from Europe (mainly France I think) to Australia. The company ran until the 1970’s”

The Laffargue Piano Company built pianos from 1896 – 1932, with offices and factories located on 134th Street Cypress Avenue & Southern Boulevarde in New York City. The company was driven out of business by the effects of stock market crash in 1929 and the Great Depression which followed. Today, second-hand piano sellers consider Laffargue Pianos to be of very good quality and they draw a good price especially when well restored
Laffargue Catalogue Abstract on Player Piano History which discusses the Player Piano and how “the device remains one of the most misunderstood musical instruments in the world”.