It is Chopin's piano, and another one is too





LONDON -- A French-made piano that Frederic Chopin brought to London late in his life has been identified in a collection in England, the owner of the instrument said Wednesday.

The piano built by the Paris company of Camille Pleyel, Chopin's favored piano-maker, is in the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands, an assemblage of antique keyboard instruments housed in an 18th century house southwest of London, Alec Cobbe said.

He said the connection was established a year ago by leading Chopin scholar Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger of the Geneva Conservatoire, but it wasn't publicly disclosed until this week by the Sunday Times newspaper...

Chopin had three pianos in his flat in London -- the Pleyel and instruments by the English maker John Broadwood and the French maker Erard. A different Broadwood piano, made in 1847 and used by Chopin for three recitals in London, is also in the Cobbe collection.



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