Viennese Sound Tradition

Viennese Sound Tradition

Bösendorfer is in a unique position among all the Piano Manufacturers in the world. No one else can claim Bösendorfer’s central position in European culture. For 500 years Vienna was the cultural heart of Europe.

The Palace of Schönbrunn - one of the symbols of Vienna´s rich heritage.

The Palace of Schönbrunn - one of the symbols of Vienna´s rich heritage.

This is the reason there is such fantastic architecture in Vienna, representing the the Gothic style, the Romantic style, the Baroque and Rococo style and more recently the Art Deco style that has now become so popular again. People come from all over the world to experience the history and beauty of Vienna.

A Schubert Evening in a Vienna Salon (by Julius Schmid).

A Schubert Evening in a Vienna Salon (by Julius Schmid).

Almost all the famous musicians and composers have lived or worked in Vienna: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Franz Lehar, Johann Strauss... all of them helped to shape this city’s culture.

Vienna Ball: Love and wine gives us bliss!

Vienna Ball: Love and wine gives us bliss!

Only in this cultural environment, precisely in Vienna, could so special an instrument as the Bösendorfer, with its colorful, uniquely singing and sustaining sound, be developed. By highly gifted masters of piano building: Ignaz and Ludwig Bösendorfer, father and son, deeply rooted in their city that simultaneously danced waltzes and shed tears, deeply rooted in the Viennese sound tradition.

“Bösendorfer gave this city a new voice. To wit, it took the music-making voice of this city, extracted it out of the air, from the hearts of its people, from the depth of its own being and captured it in the ebony shrine of its pianos so that, enclosed within, it could be transported throughout the entire world. Now it resounds everywhere where people live.” (Neue musikalische Presse (Wien), 1897)

Everywhere where people live ...

Everywhere where people live ...

Year by year, thousands of music lovers come to the city on the blue Danube to hear the distant sounds of the great masters and their times. “Playing their music on a Bösendorfer concert grand is a special joy” (András Schiff).

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