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Mozart piano returns to its roots for 1st time in over 200 years

Mozart's grand piano is returning to Vienna after being away for 225 years.

According to information from tourism officials the piano will be put back in the same room in Vienna where it used be when Mozart possessed it and will be on view for 2 weeks to visitors.

According to the history books it was used by the musical genius almost on a daily basis in the period that he owned it.

It is currently owned by the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg which has decided to loan it out for the first time since it owned it.

Mozart acquired the piano in 1782 and it was built by the piano maker Anton Walter, regarded as one of the leading piano makers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. It quickly became the main instrument that was used by the composer until his death in .

Many of the things that he composed were reportedly written on this instrument and it was such a favourite that he rarely left it alone at home – often taking it with him to salons and concerts and even to court when giving performances.

That was not so difficult as it weighs just 85 kg and is therefore much lighter than a modern concert piano. But it is now almost never transported anywhere and Matthias Schulz, managing director of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, said: "Since we have had it in our possesion it has in fact not been on a journey at all, unless you count the trip to Leipzig in Germany in 1937 when the piano was restored."

It was given as a present to the Mozarteum in 1856 by Mozart's son Carl Thomas on the occasion of the composer's 100th birthday.

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