Piano Masterworks from 18th and 19th-century Vienna
“Vienna is certainly the land of the clavier!” wrote Mozart enthusiastically to his father from Vienna in June of 1781. Viennese piano technology was renowned across Europe from Mozart to Brahms and the works written for the unique Viennese action demonstrate the unique and beautiful qualities of the instrument and its mechanism. No longer used today in modern pianos, the Viennese action was celebrated for its lightness, clarity, articulation, and velocity. Dr. Erin Helyard showcases a selection of this superb repertoire on a mixture of original and replica instruments from the ANU’s Historical Keyboard Collection, performing works of F. X. Mozart, Hummel, Schubert, and Beethoven.
Erin plans to perform works on three period instruments: the Graf replica, the Walter replica, and the 1862 Hornung and Moller square (donated by Bill and Anne Huffam).