How good a pianist was Emily Bronte?

How good a pianist was Emily Bronte?


norman lebrecht

October 24, 2015

The composer Ailís Ní Ríain has been playing Emily’s piano at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth and has composed an installation for it.

She tells Slipped Disc: ‘She was a very good pianist and even studied piano seriously in Brussels for a while. She played daily and I’ve been through her scores and I can see that she was playing to an advanced level. The instrument itself is a beautiful old up-strung piano which took three years dedicated work to fully restore.’

ailis at bronte

And here’s the rather lovely and evocative installation:

Linger – Ailís Ní Ríain @ The Brontë Parsonage Museum from Ailís Ní Ríain on Vimeo.

The works are installed throughout the Brontë home and visitors can experience them until 4th January 2016.


  • Isabel Hernández Tibau says:

    Son melodías extrañas, que seguramente ella sentía en su espíritu, pero prefiero sus escritura…!!

  • Paul Daniggelis says:

    I am I to believe that this is a composition that Emily played?
    Or is this Ms. Riain’s?

  • Wolf says:

    What sort of repertoire did she play?

  • Wolf says:

    So what WERE these scores of Emily’s you’ve gone through? Composers of the time?

  • Ailís Ní Ríain says:

    Emily’s preferred composers included Handel, Mozart, Bach, Gluck, Schubert, Rossini, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. I think there is some Clementi also.

    I have composed this music. More details: