These pianos are the soul of the place, objects that are too heavy to be moved, and I unceasingly track them down. For me, even in the middle of a ruined space, the piano never ceases to preserve its power. It is there, enthroned with all its nobility. The production of my series "Requiem pour pianos" doesn’t leave anything to chance. It offers me the privilege of combining my two passions—photography and music.

In 2008, it was love at first sight. In the heights of a French city, I discovered a small 19th-century castle. Everything was destroyed, empty. The place had been looted. On the first floor, I discovered a piano in the middle of a destroyed room. The fireplace was broken. Valuables and treasures had already disappeared. There was only this piano left. I decided to set out on a quest to find these silent giants.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 7 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 7 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in France. The castle is now under renovation.

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I spent five years patiently establishing my network across Europe in various sections including music, real estate, heritage, photographers, and associations. Since 2014, I have discovered more than a hundred pianos in many places of stunning beauty all over Europe.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 30 - Poland

Requiem Pour Pianos 30 - Poland

Forgotten piano in an abandoned palace in Poland. Artwork realized in 2018.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 9 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 9 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned villa in France.

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it's me again
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a beautiful room. Can imagine it full of plants back in the day/

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This series of photos has been exhibited since 2016 in many countries such as France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Slovenia, England, Russia, Canada, the United States, Israel, and India.

Check out my previous posts from my "Requiem pour pianos" series hereherehere, and hereHereherehere, and here you can find photos of fascinating forgotten places I have stumbled upon on my journey. 

You can find more photos on my website or Instagram.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 8 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 8 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in France. Artwork realized in 2018.

I take a small path in the forest, seeing a medieval castle far away. Vegetation begins to invade the building, the humidity is palpable. I manage to make my way through the tall grass, following the path of the animals. I see the main entrance, I still don’t know if the building is open.

The veranda attracts me, I approach quietly. Across the veranda, I can see a piano, where music and art still had their place a few years ago. I enter easily the building, everything is open, and walk towards the king’s instrument. I look at it for a long time. Si Sol Fa Sol Fa Mi.
I can’t help but play a few notes of Chopin, make it sound one last time before it all goes away.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 35 - Belgium

Requiem Pour Pianos 35 - Belgium

Forgotten piano in an abandoned mansion in Belgium. Artwork realized in 2017.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 2 - Italy

Requiem Pour Pianos 2 - Italy

Forgotten piano in an abandoned villa in Italy.

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WILLIAM FAULK
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Forget the piano, that painting is worth probably 5 times the piano. its like finding ancient art work XD

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Requiem Pour Pianos 33 - Poland

Requiem Pour Pianos 33 - Poland

Forgotten piano in an abandoned palace in Poland. Artwork realized in 2018.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 4 - Germany

Requiem Pour Pianos 4 - Germany

Forgotten piano in an abandoned sanatorium in Germany. Artwork realized in 2014.

It is the largest abandoned place I have ever visited. This sanatorium has more than sixty different buildings. A long exploration begins. I discover the buildings little by little. Some are closed, others open. I hope so much that the pianos are still there, accessible and not behind a closed door.

I am lucky, after a few hours, I discover the first piano. And what a scene! It's incredible! It floats like a cloud. Since I started my artistic work on forgotten pianos, it is the first time that a piano reveals itself in such a striking way.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 42 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 42 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in France.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 85 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 85 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in France. Artwork realized in 2019.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 11 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 11 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned mansion in France. Artwork realized in 2014.

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it's me again
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another beautiful room/ The stained glass, the wrought iron. Can almost hear the notes floating up the stairway.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 93 - Austria

Requiem Pour Pianos 93 - Austria

Forgotten piano in an abandoned house in Austria. Artwork realized in 2019.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 32 - Germany

Requiem Pour Pianos 32 - Germany

Forgotten piano in an abandoned mansion in Germany.

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it's me again
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Music, parties, ballroom dancing. Can almost see the ghosts.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 70 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 70 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in France.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 102 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 102 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in France. The castle is now under renovation.

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it's me again
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is waiting for someone to sit & start playing.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 10 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 10 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in France.

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

castle! Also looks like Santa fell through the fireplace and broke it because he was too big.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 38 - Germany

Requiem Pour Pianos 38 - Germany

Forgotten piano in an abandoned ballroom in Germany. Artwork realized in 2018.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 6 - Germany

Requiem Pour Pianos 6 - Germany

Forgotten piano in an abandoned mansion in Germany. Artwork realized in 2017.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 96 - Italy

Requiem Pour Pianos 96 - Italy

Forgotten piano in an abandoned villa in Italy. Artwork realized in 2020.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 66 - France

Requiem Pour Pianos 66 - France

Forgotten piano in an abandoned castle in France.

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it's me again
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sunlight beaming down on it? Almost ethereal.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 97 - Italy

Requiem Pour Pianos 97 - Italy

Forgotten piano in an abandoned villa in Italy.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 53 - Germany

Requiem Pour Pianos 53 - Germany

Forgotten piano in an abandoned sanatorium in Germany.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 31 - Germany

Requiem Pour Pianos 31 - Germany

Forgotten piano in an abandoned ballroom in Germany. Artwork realized in 2018.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 99 - Italy

Requiem Pour Pianos 99 - Italy

Forgotten piano in an abandoned villa in Sicily. Artwork realized in 2020.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 28 - Germany

Requiem Pour Pianos 28 - Germany

Forgotten piano in an abandoned ballroom in Germany.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 100 - Italy

Requiem Pour Pianos 100 - Italy

Forgotten piano in an abandoned villa in Italy.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 40 - Belgium

Requiem Pour Pianos 40 - Belgium

Forgotten piano in an abandoned building in Belgium. Artwork realized in 2019.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 90 - Austria

Requiem Pour Pianos 90 - Austria

Forgotten piano in an abandoned mansion in Austria. Artwork realized in 2019.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 86 - Austria

Requiem Pour Pianos 86 - Austria

Forgotten piano in an abandoned house in Austria. Artwork realized in 2019.

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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only section where the ceiling broke is on top of the piano...

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Requiem Pour Pianos 75 - Italy

Requiem Pour Pianos 75 - Italy

Forgotten piano in an abandoned villa in Italy.

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Requiem Pour Pianos 29 - Germany

Requiem Pour Pianos 29 - Germany

Forgotten piano in an abandoned mansion in Germany.

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Jess Anderson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For the life of me, I don't understand how these incredible building were just left to rot!! What are people thinking. Do they just have too much money ore too little good sense! I have remodeled many old buildings, bringing them back to their glory days look, and I see so much potential in so many of these shots! It amazes me!

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