Czech Museum of Music to display "Mozart" piano
Yesterday we reported on a shortage of tone wood which has for centuries been harvested in South Bohemia to make pianos that even Mozart himself played in Vienna. As a matter of fact, the Czech Museum of Music owns a piano which Mozart played in Prague, and the instrument is now on display in the Czech capital.
This is the authentic sound of a hammer piano that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played in Prague 220 years ago.
"Mozart played this piano during his first visit to Prague in 1787. It was at his public performance in a young ladies' institute, a sort of school for noblewomen. He was accompanying a young woman from the Sternberg family who sang. This event is commemorated by a plaque that was later attached on the instrument,"
"It was in a poor state, so we sent it to Vienna where it was repaired by the Austrian restorer Albrecht Czernin under the supervision of musical instrument historian Alfons Huber."
"This instrument is also special because it has remained in a nearly authentic state. Compared to the famous 'Mozart' grand piano displayed in Salzburg, most of the strings of our instrument are original."