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Vienna has been home to an impressively long list of musical legends, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II and Arnold Schönberg, thus being considered by many as the City of Music. Now, according to Pursuitist, for two weeks the piano on which Mozart wrote all of his late concertos will return home to Vienna for the first time since the composer’s death in 1791.
This beautiful instrument was purchased from Anton Walter, the most famous piano maker of his time, and was played almost daily for nine years. Last week this piano returned to its old residence (now a museum) to culminate in a concert of Mozart works.
Mozart’s son, Carl Thomas, donated the piano to the then Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum after the composer’s death. The piano has since been part of the permanent exhibition at the Mozart family home in Salzburg, Austria.
Now, famous Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov will give a concerto of Mozart’s music on the fortepiano on November 7. “The emotional implications of such an experience are overwhelming,” Melnikov explains. “It’s easily the biggest day of a musician’s life.”