- Dezsö Legany
(b Békés, Hungary, 1817; d ?Pest, April 4, 1891). Hungarian piano maker. As a journeyman from 1834, he worked with Franz Zobel and Vendelin Peter in Pest, István Kovács in Szeged, József Simon in Vienna, and Gabor Papp in Temesvár (Hungary), followed by Hamburg (1839–40), London (from 1840), and Paris. In 1844 he settled in Vienna, where he worked for Ferenc Mata. With Mata he patented a square piano with simple action and a concert grand with a tremolo mechanism and ‘damping of the English type’. In 1846 he moved to Pest, where he became a member of the instrument makers’ guild and in 1847 a master. In 1857 he owned the largest piano factory in Hungary. He produced 1500 pianos between 1846 and 1879, when he retired. His pianos were sold throughout Europe and honoured at the London Exhibition in 1862 and the Paris Exhibitions of ...