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VALENTINE'S DAY: "For where the strict and tender, where strong and mild couple, there is a good sound."

There are many beautiful love poems and thoughts on love in all the world's languages. Friedrich Schiller, for instance, in "Song of the Bell" compares the harmony of love with a consonant sound.

For that reason we as a piano manufacturer wanted to pass our Valentine's Day greeting on to you with these words by the prince of German poets today, February 14.

In many countries, Valentine's Day is considered lover's day. There are many stories as to its origin. The Valentine's Day tradition is generally traced back to the legend of Bishop Valentine of Terni.

Valentine was the bishop of the Italian city of Terni (then Interamna) in the third century A.D. According to this legend, he had wedded several lovers in Christian tradition, among them soldiers who according to the then-emperor's orders had to remain unmarried. Moreover, according to the legend he gave the newlyweds flowers from his garden. The marriages performed in his hands were made under a lucky star, according to tradition. Upon the order of Emperor Claudius II he was beheaded on February 14, 269 A.D. due to his Christian faith.

For Valentine's Day: All the best from Boesendorfer!

Birds' wedding

According to a Middle Ages' notion, the birds marry on February 14. In his wonderful poem "Parlement of Foules," which was completed and first presented in public in 1383 presumably for a Valentine's celebration at the court of King Richard II, the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer describes how the birds gather around the goddess Nature for this holiday so that each one finds a partner: "For this was on seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make, Of every kinde, that men thenke may; And that so huge a noyse gan they make."

Allegorical figures that embody desire and cheerfulness, youth and beauty, as well as flattery and boldness, populate the garden. In the end, Nature accorded every little male bird his female counterpart, and all are gleeful: "A! lord! the blisse and Ioye that they make! For ech of hem gan other in winges take, And with hir nekkes ech gan other winde, Thanking alwey the noble goddesse of kinde."

Lovers' day was first celebrated in courtly circles. Over time, a general custom developed whose distinguishing feature was - according to Bishop Valentine's model - giving a bouquet of flowers; feelings can be expressed especially colorfully and aromatically through the language of flowers.

Robert Werner - Singer, Pianist, Composer and Entertainer

Robert Werner - Singer, Pianist, Composer and Entertainer

Deepest feelings and innermost relationships

Another way of expressing feelings is through music: the world in which Bösendorfer is at home. Like no other piano, the Bösendorfer grand, with its colorful, warm and singing tone is able to capture and reflect the deepest feelings and innermost relationships. Franz Liszt's "Liebestraum" (Love's Dream) on a Bösendorfer...

For this reason instruments from the Viennese piano manufacturer also captured the heart of Viennese pianist, composer and entertainer Robert Werner. His music encompasses a broad range of genres and feelings. The multifaceted Viennese character trait is reflected in his music, in which the phenomenon of love especially fascinates Robert Werner in his compositions and music.

A musical bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day for you!

Robert Werner recently presented his new notebook "Viennese Impressions - 12 Romantic Pieces for Piano" at Bösendorfer Downtown. With the consent of the composer and his publisher, we have extracted a musical present for you: to play yourself (see pdf) or just to listen (YouTube video above): Valentine's Day.

Valentines_Day.pdf (3222 KB)

(Photocredits: Robert Werner, Bernhard Möstl, Bösendorfer)