C to G1 on 1851 Erard, is nearly the same distance as C to F1 on a modern piano.
MindenBlues wrote:I have seen a gypsum model of Listzs hand in the Liszt Museum in Weimar/Germany (where I grew up). Liszt has had big, strong hands, capable to reach from C to G next octave. Attention: currently the museum is rebuild, one cannot see that gypsum model at the moment.
The gypsum model of Chopin's hand I have seen as well, it is located in the "Musee de la vie romantique" in Paris. It is a small, slim hand, but with long fingers. If someone is in Paris, I can recommend to visit that museum. One sees additional some nice paintings from George Sand and her son Maurice.
Hmmmm, I have seen the original grand piano from Liszt in his Museum in Weimar. I would say, modern key size. It is no Erard, but I do not remember the brand name. Indeed, as child I had the opportunity to play a bit on it, back in old East-Germany times around 1970 or so. You will not believe it, but it is still today in use for performances from the Liszt University in Weimar. They will put another grand in the museum however and that piano will not be used anymore, the museum is just rebuild inside.
Liszt has had no hands, he had big paws, really!
In my case, C - f is in my reach. Or an octave with thumb and every other finger, not only pinky, like thumb and index. On a modern piano, not Erard
PJF wrote:Do what is natural and avoid the unnatural.
It is however not unnatural to always try to stretch more (or with age, to not loose the flexibility)! Look at dancers, how well they can stretch!