|Pianosromantiques is dedicated to French
grand pianos built before 1850, particularly
those of the great firms Boisselot, Erard, Pape
The idea is to create a photo database of the
instruments disseminated in different private or
public collections around the world, with a brief
history of their makers.
I hope this virtual museum will contribute to the
appreciation of these rather neglected
instruments (compared for example to the
Viennese pianos), that a lot of pianists have
never had a chance to play because of the
scarcity of well-restored examples.
The admiration that composers such as Liszt
(Erard and Boisselot), Mendelssohn (Erard) or
Chopin (Pleyel) expressed towards their French
pianos should be motivation enough to
rediscover these instruments, whose touch and
sound shed fascinating light on the romantic
music composed on and for them.