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Not sure whether this has been posted somewhere, or whether it is appropriate here.

Tribute to Franz Mohr


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Originally Posted by Davdoc
Not sure whether this has been posted somewhere, or whether it is appropriate here.

Tribute to Franz Mohr
Originally Posted by Davdoc
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Tribute to Franz Mohr
Originally Posted by Davdoc
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Tribute to Franz Mohr
Nice tribute. The gentleman lived a couple of miles from where I’m from it appears.

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Nice tribute indeed! He lived a good life.

Perhaps he's tuning for Horowitz again...

R.I.P. Franz Mohr.


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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
Perhaps he's tuning for Horowitz again...

That's a nice thought. I had the absolute privilege of meeting Franz Mohr and playing on Horowitz's piano when they were on tour in 1992 (though as a 13 or 14 year old, I didn't quite understand the significance of the experience). The piano was prepped by Mr. Mohr as Horowitz would have wanted it and it was magical. I went back every day the piano was in town to play on it. I have never experienced another piano like that since (including that same piano in 2006-ish after Steinway rebuilt it).


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Totally agree. Very nice tribute.

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I had the pleasure and privilege to meet Franz Mohr in Berlin on May 23rd, 1986 and he was happy to meet a young, eager piano student and speak to him in German for hours in the Hotel Kempinski where he and both Wanda and Vladimir Horowitz resided at this time. He then apologized for ending the meeting, because he needed to prepare the piano at the Philharmonic Hall for a rehearsal with VH in preparation for next day's extra concert.

"But if you want to, you may come along" was a sentence I'll never forget, just as I'll never forget the hours in the private Karajan chambers at the Philharmonic Hall, where he thoroughly went through all the nuts and bolts of regulating the piano - and the nice invitation to actually have a go at the piano. A once in a lifetime experience for a Horowitz aficionado who traveled all over Europe as a hitch hiker to attend 5 concerts in total between 1985 and 1987 and I still have bad photos of Franz Mohr, the piano and me at the piano from that day.

Thank you, Franz Mohr. You were truly a humble and very generous person.

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Beautiful story, OE1FEU. Could you post the pictures?

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Beautiful story, OE1FEU. Could you post the pictures?

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Thanks, that was fast. There is nothing like color slide film. It brings the day back.

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I didn't know that he was also a violist, nor that he had apprenticed with Ibach in Schwelm.
Both points make him even more sympathetic to me.

I read his book a few years ago, "My life with the great pianists". Fascinating.

May he rest in peace.


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I had the pleasure of meeting Franz Mohr twice. He was a great piano man.

His two sons stepped into his footsteps and one now directs manufacturing at the S&S factory. I am proud to call Michael (his son) a colleague and a friend.

Franz had a skill set with a personality to match. He will be missed.


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