National Geographic : 1928 Jan
STEIN NWAY THE INSTRUMENT OF THE IMMORTALS TRISTAN AND ISOLDE, painted by HARVEY DUNN Poignant, beautiful, and passionate, the music of "Tristan and Isolde" has unexampledpower to stir the heart. For in this, perhaps the greatest of his operas, Wagner pouredout the hunger, the hopeless and ardent longing of his unhappy love. Both from the stand point of technique and emotional inten sity it is an epic work. WHEN the fingers of Richard Wagner first touched the keys of a Steinway in 1879, its reputation as the world's foremost piano was already defi nitely established. That reputation has grown and expanded with the years. Today the Steinway is the universally accepted instrument, not only upon the concert stage, but in thousands of cul tivated homes. There are still Steinways in active service which sounded to the touch of childish fingers, rang beneath the im pact of maturer hands, and continued to make their rich and sure return even to the second and third generation. .. Such an instrument is more than an exquisite mechanism. It enters upon a personal, intimate relationship. It becomes a companion, a mentor, and a friend. Viewed in the light of its amazing durability, the Steinway is actually among the least expensive of pianos. For 30, 40, and even o5 years or more it will serve you well, helping to shape the musical traditions of your family, yielding that joy of ownership arising from the best. And no matter which of the many styles and sizes you select, each will give the same lifelong satisfaction. . . For the Steinway is a permanent musical investment. You need never buy another piano. There is a Steinway dealer in your community, or near you, through whom you may purchase a new Steinway piano with a small cash deposit, and the bal ance will be extended over a period of two years. Used pianos accepted in partial exchange. Prices: $87 and up Plus transportation Steinway & Sons, Steinway Hall 109 West 5 7 th Street, New York -ca"