Bösendorfer's Beethoven model celebrating the great composer was first revealed in 2013, the year of the 14th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna and the 185th anniversary of the company.
This model is limited to just thirty-two pianos - the number of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. Included with each instrument is a facsimile of the original “Moonlight” Sonata manuscript published by Beethoven-Haus Bonn.
Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770 and first visited Vienna in 1787, originally planning to study under Mozart. He was obliged to return home almost immediately as his mother became ill. He returned in 1792, after the death of Mozart, and began studying with Joseph Haydn. Prior to his departure, his patron Ferdinand von Waldstein wrote to him “Dear Beethoven! You are going to Vienna in fulfilment of your long-frustrated wishes. The Genius of Mozart is mourning and weeping over the death of her pupil. She has found a refuge but no occupation with the inexhaustible Haydn; through him she wishes to form a union with another. With the help of assiduous labour you shall receive Mozart’s spirit from Haydn’s hands. Your true friend, Waldstein.“ Beethoven lived and worked in Vienna for the rest of his life (he died in 1827), helping it to further consolidate its position as the musical centre of Europe. He composed all of his immortal masterpieces there.
Ignaz Bösendorfer started his piano factory in 1828, the year following Beethoven’s death, and his ideas of sound were very much shaped by Vienna’s cultural environment that was profoundly influenced by Beethoven. Many distinguished artists have chosen Bösendorfer pianos for their performance of Beethoven’s works. Our Beethoven model celebrates the great composer and is launched in 2013, the year of the 14th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna and the 185th anniversary of our company.
In close cooperation with Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Bösendorfer's artisans have silkscreened onto the inside of the grand piano lid the opening measures of the Presto agitato from Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, Op. 27 No. 2, taken from the original manuscript. In keeping with this “Moonlight” theme, Bösendorfer have used “moonlight”-shade mother of pearl for the Bösendorfer name inlays and for a logo of Beethoven on the music desk.
|Dimensions ||Imperial ||Metric |
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|Length ||6 feet 7 inches ||200 cm |
|Width ||4 feet 11 inches ||151 cm |
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|Weight ||778 lb ||353 Kg |
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