Opus 50.000

Opus No. 50.000

Good things are worth waiting for. Ignaz Bösendorfer founded his eponymous piano company in 1828 dedicated to simply making the best possible instruments. It has been an 185 year journey to reach this milestone. In an age of mass production, we take great pride to be exclusive and original, and to continue to create instruments that truly reflect our Viennese heritage, with our pure and inspiring sound “Der Klang, der berührt.”

From early in our history, Bösendorfer has not only focused on making performance instruments, but also on art case grand pianos for collectors and lovers of fine design. Our Opus No. 50.000 is inspired by two instruments that were created for the 1867 World Exhibition in Paris, both of which were neo-classical in concept. One was designed by Theophil Hansen (this year is the 200th anniversary of his birth), the famous Danish architect who designed many major buildings in Vienna including the Parliament and the world famous concert hall, the Musikverein, with its extraordinary Golden Hall and Brahms Saal. The other was designed by Anton Grosser who incorporated golden caryatids, similar to the ones in the Musikverein, in his design. Our Opus No. 50.000 is a neo-classical instrument for the 21st century – opulent, beautiful yet not out of place in any setting.

One major aspect of neo-classical design is the extensive use of gold. We have embraced this idea not only by using gold leaf mouldings on the piano, but also by painstakingly covering the entire piano frame by hand with gold leaf. In addition, the front of the instrument features two bronze cast 24 carat gold-plated caryatids. The traditional lost wax casting method has been used which gives them a beautiful antique look. The original pattern was hand-carved in wood and took several months to create. The design was inspired by the gold caryatids of the Musikverein, and from the Grosser piano. Opus No. 50.000 is truly a golden wonder.

Bösendorfer has a tradition of excellent piano cabinetry work using precious veneers. To showcase this skill, our design uses four different veneers – burr French walnut, French walnut, pear wood and maple. In addition, the treble side of the instrument has a marquetry inlay featuring a harp design – a traditional motif. This harp inlay will be unique to Opus No. 50.000, as will the specially designed 24 carat gold plated commemorative Opus No. 50.000 plate that is inserted into the keyblock.

For Opus No. 50000 we chose our 225 model which dates back to the time of Ludwig Bösendorfer. This Semi-concert grand has a unique sound and can produce a wealth of tonal colours all the way from sensitive pianissimo to powerful fortissimo. Recent developments have further improved the artist’s ability to control the instrument and further enhanced its total dynamic range.   In addition to the standard 88 notes, it has four extra keys in the bass to subcontra F. These additional bass strings expand the tonal range and create additional harmonic resonances throughout the instrument, opening up a unique, almost orchestral sound spectrum.  There can only be one Bösendorfer Opus No. 50.000, and with this number and special marquetry inlay it is truly unique.

Here you can watch the birth of Bösendorfer Opus No. 50.000: