The piano on which Mozart wrote all of his late concertos returned home to Vienna yesterday for the first time since the composer’s death in 1791.
The fortepiano that Mozart played almost daily for nine years will stand in his former Vienna home, now a museum, for two weeks, culminating in a concert of Mozart works.
Mozart bought the instrument from Anton Walter, the most famous Viennese piano maker of his time, in 1782. The prolific composer wrote more than 50 works for the fortepiano on it, many of them in the apartment on Vienna’s Domgasse.
Mozart and his wife Constanze lived in the grand apartment in the shadow of St Stephen’s Cathedral, where they married, at the height of Mozart’s fame as a composer and soloist.