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Franz Liszt's Grand Piano

April 25, 2001–January 6, 2002

On display is the last piano owned by famed Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt (1811–1886), known as a revolutionary figure of romantic music and the one of the greatest pianists of his time. Manufactured around 1865 by Érard, an established piano maker of France, the grand piano was owned by Liszt during the last fifteen years of his life and was used primarily for composing and teaching. It was lost after Liszt's death but was rediscovered in 1991 by the Italian pianist Carlo Dominici, current owner of the instrument. Miraculously, the soundboard was intact, and as a result of careful restoration this historic instrument was returned to playing order.