Bösendorfer 290 Imperial
Finish: Polished Ebony or Satin Ebony
Carrier of Bösendorfer great heritage
With its dramatic presence, unsurpassed power and emotional sonority this instrument is the ultimate representative of Bösendorferskills.
Ludwig Bösendorfer’s invention continues to inspire generations of classical, jazz and new music performers. Its massive soundboard, the largest of all concert grands, makes its sound an almost orchestral experience. The extra bass strings of the subcontra octave extend the tonal range and create additional harmonic resonance throughout the whole instrument.
The first prototype was built in 1909 following a request from Ferruccio Busoni. He was working on a transcription of Bach’s organ music and needed a piano with deeper bass notes. As a result the Imperial was created with 97 keys: eight full octaves. Its extraordinary sound inspired major composers, including Bartók, Debussy and Ravel. Several music pieces require an Imperial to ensure that they are played true to the original.
|Net weight||1217 lb|
Bösendorfer Piano – 290 Imperial
Concert Grand 290 Imperial
Impressive Sound, Imposing Appearance
The Italian composer, conductor and pianist Ferruccio Busoni meticulously transcribes the famous organ works of J.S. Bach. He soon realises that he requires additional bass notes in order to do Bach’s masterpieces and the immersive sound of 16 to 32 feet bass pipes found in an organ justice. Ludwig Bösendorfer is ready to take on the challenge and builds the first prototype having full 8 octaves in tonal range. Not only Busoni starts to appreciate the exceptional qualities of the – later coined – Imperial Concert Grand: Bartók, Debussy and Ravel compose further works to exploit the tremendous resonance of this very instrument. These oeuvres can only played and interpreted as they were meant to on this Concert Grand. Evoking an extraordinary sound – sonorous and rich in expression and resonance – the timbre of the Imperial Grand seems to be orchestral. The additional deeper bass notes resonate with every key you strike and the massive soundboard supports the projection of any frequency. Ludwig Bösendorfer’s Imperial still to this day represents the precious heritage of the Bösendorfer piano manufactory. Impressive in sound, imposing in appearance.