As a leading composer of the Classical period, Mozart has inspired artists for centuries. From inspiring films to literature, the public has always been fascinated by the life and times of composers. Therefore, there is nothing more exciting than the thought of hearing Mozart's music performed on the original instrument for which it was composed. That's where Robert Levin comes in. The famous classical interpreter and composer is a Mozart expert. In fact, he reconstructed or even completed some of the 18th-century composer's unfinished works. Levin is currently the Academy of Ancient Music's first Hogwood Fellow and is embarking on a special project as part of his fellowship. He plans to record Mozart's music played on Mozart's piano.
Born around 1782, the fortepiano was used to compose and perform until the musical genius died in 1791. The fortepiano, made by the famous Viennese piano maker Anton Walter, is much lighter and smaller than modern pianos, he is two octaves shorter. It weighs only 187 pounds and is 7.3 feet long. This piano is now in the Mozarthaus in Salzburg, converted into a museum.