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Bösendorfer - The Voice of Vienna

Upper Class Style, Chinese magazine, with a special report on Bösendorfer and an interview with the only "Klavierbaumeister" and one of the most demanded concert technician in China!

Cover - Upper Class Style magazine 2009, No. 17

Cover - Upper Class Style magazine 2009, No. 17

Bösendorfer – The Voice from Vienna

Franz Schubert died in 1828 and was buried next to Ludwig van Beethoven. That year, Ignaz Bösendorfer founded his company in Vienna.

At this time, the young Franz Liszt, with his impulsive playing technique, wrecked nearly every piano available to him. Upon the advice of several friends he tried this with a Bösendorfer grand piano – which held up to his playing.

Since its founding over 180 years ago, Bösendorfer has manufactured 46,000 pianos. Traditional handicraft is the core of the production philosophy as well as the world-famous company’s trademark. The handicraft in the factory leads to a corresponding level of quality. In 1839, Bösendorfer received the award of the industrial exhibition in Vienna, and the Austrian emperor conferred upon Bösendorfer the title “Royal and Imperial Purveyor of Fortepianos to the Court.” Bösendorfer was the first piano maker to receive this title, and in 1850 the Bösendorfer sound from Vienna became world-famous.

All Bösendorfer pianos are produced in highly demanding manufacturing processes: the wood storage phase lasts up to 5 years. The piano company looks for spruces that have grown very straight and at an altitude of 800 meters and at the lowest possible humidity. After an open-air drying period of 5 years, the wood is dried for another 3 months. It is an instrument with soul, not a mass-produced product.

The Bösendorfer sound is unique. The classic Bösendorfer grand has 88 keys, whereas the model 225 has 92 keys and the Imperial concert grand 97. These additional keys are in the bass. Since all structures and materials are of high purits and hardness, the piano is able to absorb the enormous tensile force of the taut strings. The Bösendorfer resonating case principle, which treats the entire instrument as a sounding body, creates a touching depth of sound. Its sensitivity is very high.

Extract from: Upper Class Style magazine

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