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"I am simply delighted that my Prince intends to give Your Grace a new fortepiano, all the more so since I am in some measure responsible for it: … now the purchase … consists in Your Grace choosing one to fit your touch and suit your fancy. It is quite true that my friend Herr Walther is very celebrated, … but … speaking frankly, sometimes there is not more than one instrument in ten which you could really describe as good, and apart from that they are very expensive. I know Herr von Hikl's fortepiano: it's excellent, but too heavy for Your Grace's hand, and one can't play everything on it with the necessary delicacy. Therefore I should like Your Grace to try one made by Herr Schanz [sic], his fortepianos are particularly light in touch and the mechanism very agreeable. A good fortepiano is absolutely necessary … and my Sonata will gain double its effect by it." – Franz Joseph Haydn in a letter to Frau von Genzinger on 4 July 1790 commenting on the fortepianos of Wenzel and Johann Schantz. (H. C. Robbins Landon, trans. and ed., 'The Collected Correspondence and London Notebooks of Joseph Haydn' [London: Barrie and Rockliff, 1959], 107.)
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