Maison Liszt  |  The transcendental piano

MArch 1  |  The University of Edinburgh  |  2009

In the Maison Liszt, the piano is understood as an objet trouvé through its constant recontextualisation. A promenade of views of a new piano being tested offer the chance for it to be appreciated from various angles, whilst the construction of the building subtly reflects tectonic conditions in the piano. The test-bed is configured for optimum lighting and acoustic conditions for the piano, its pared-back expression gives intensity to Liszt’s virtuosic playing and the ornate construction of the piano. A second, more permanent, upright piano offers an opportunity for Liszt to practice, compose, and dream, with a view to the outside world.