There is an oft-repeated quote from Chopin regarding his attitude towards Pleyel and Erard pianos that goes, “When I am somewhat indisposed, I play an Erard piano and I easily find a sound ready to hand. But when I am in form and feel strong enough to find my own sound, I must have a Pleyel.”
The Friends of Chopin Australia see historic instruments and historically informed performance as an integral part of the understanding and appreciation of the music of Chopin. The Friends are fortunate to be associated with two such instruments, a Pleyel and an Erard. The Pleyel dates from 1847, Chopin's own time, and the Erard dates from 1857.
The Friends of Chopin Australia is managed through a committee of volnteers who administer, plan and carry outthe activities and responsibilities of the organisation.
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