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150th Anniversary of Ignaz Bösendorfer's death

Bösendorfer apprentices are laying a memorial wreath on the company founder's grave.

Ignaz Bösendorfer: 7/27/1794 – 4/14/1859

Ignaz Bösendorfer: 7/27/1794 – 4/14/1859

"Simple, honest and just to everyone, affectionate and open to his friends, generous and noble to artists. He was a caring husband, a loving father and a fervent patriot. He shied away from neither discomfort nor sacrifice when it was necessary to support a good cause."

The obituary published in the Neues Wiener Musikjournal upon his death attests to the high esteem which Ignaz Bösendorfer, the founder of the famous Austrian piano company, enjoyed during his lifetime. 150 years ago, on April 14, 1859, the successful Viennese piano builder died and was laid to rest in the Schmelzer Cemetery to the great sympathy of colleagues from enterprise and the populace. Upon its completion, Ignaz Bösendorfer was transferred to the honorary grave site in Vienna's newly built Central Cemetery.

The young apprentices clean the grave of the traces of winter.

The young apprentices clean the grave of the traces of winter.

The evening before the anniversary of Ignaz Bösendorfer's death, the Bösendorfer apprentices, together with their master craftsman, visited the grave of the company founder and laid a memorial wreath upon it in the name of all of the company's employees.

Commemorating the great piano maker

Commemorating the great piano maker

As do they, Ignaz Bösendorfer learned the craft of piano building with great diligence and talent. After receiving permission to practice the piano making trade from the city of Vienna on July 25, 1828, he took over the workshops of his renowned master Joseph Brodmann at the age of 34. From the beginning, Ignaz Bösendorfer shaped his company with the spirit of innovation and the striving towards perfection. In addition to a full sonority, a palette of colors and the unique singing tone, the highest quality and excellence continue to distinguish every single Bösendorfer piano to this day.

The young apprentices are cognizant of the great Bösendorfer tradition which has been passed down from one generation to the next since 1828. They will carry on Ignaz Bösendorfer's venerable legacy.

A memorial photo at the company founder's grave: The Bösendorfer apprentices with master craftsman Rudolf Plank

A memorial photo at the company founder's grave: The Bösendorfer apprentices with master craftsman Rudolf Plank

all photos: Bernhard Moestl

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