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Oscar Peterson and Bösendorfer as “music ambassadors” for Österreichische Post AG

Pressemeldung from 11/19/2003

Österreichische Post AG presents two special issue stamps to mark the 175th anniversary of Bösendorfer piano factory

Today, on 19 November 2003, Österreichische Post AG for the first time in the history of Austrian philately issues two special issues stamps to mark one and the same occasion. Piano manufacturer Bösendorfer celebrates its 175th anniversary. The special issue stamp “175 Years Bösendorfer” pays tribute to an enterprise that has been spreading Austria’s reputation as a country of music all over the world. The second stamp pays homage to one of the most brilliant jazz pianists of our age: Oscar Peterson. Both stamps were presented to the public today in the Bösendorfer salon at the “Wiener Musikverein”.
Oscar Peterson used this occasion to present his new biography in German, and Bösendorfer opened its anniversary exhibition ”Beflügelt: 175 Jahre Bösendorfer“.

Special issue “175 Years Bösendorfer“
For the production of the stamp, which was designed by Peter Sinawehl, the “master discipline” of stamp printing was used: combination print. The engraving was made by Wolfgang Seidel. This edition, which is limited to 700,000 pieces, is available at more than 500 of the largest post offices in Austria, for a price of € 0.75.
In 1828, Ignaz Bösendorfer was granted the official license to work as a master piano maker. Following his death in 1859, his son Ludwig took over the firm. Ludwig Bösendorfer became one of the great sponsors of Vienna’s musical life. In 1966, the company was sold to Arnold Habig from Jasper, Indiana. On 7 January 2003, BAWAG P.S.K. Group took over the piano manufacturing company, bringing it back once more into Austrian ownership.

Special issue “Oscar Peterson”
Like the “175 Years Bösendorfer” stamp, the “Oscar Peterson” special issue is available in a 700,000 pieces edition available from more than 500 of the largest post offices in Austria. The stamp, which was designed by Renate Gruber and was produced using halftone photogravure, is available at a price of € 1.25. With this special issue, Österreichische Post AG pays tribute to the life achievements of one of the best and most well-known jazz pianists of our time and a great fan of Bösendorfer pianos. Peterson was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1925 and had trumpet and piano lessons as early as at the age of five. His excellent albums - among them recordings featuring all of the great jazz musicians - and his unmistakable style earned him the “Grammy”, the prestigious American music award, as many as seven times.

Printable images of both special issue stamps can be downloaded at (Press Service).

For more information please contact:
Österreichische Post AG
Company communication
Press section/ PR
Michael Homola
Phone: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010

Vienna, 19 November 2003

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