The piano has been one of, if not the biggest contribution to both
classical and modern music. It was first created in the early 1700s
and originated from a harpsichord. The instrument has changed in
size and shape several times since then. Being one of the most
culturally filled instruments, here are some interesting piano facts you
might not know!
- The piano was first and originally invented in Italy in the year
1709 by a harpsichord maker by the name of Bartolomeo di
Francesco Cristofori. One of Cristofori’s original pianos is still in
existence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City!● The word piano is the shortened version of the word Pianoforte,
which means soft (piano), and loud (forte).
● Back in the day the first pianos were too expensive for even the
very wealthy to own. For nearly a century only aristocrats and
royalty owned pianos.
● Pianos have a total of 88 white and black keys.
● Out of all the instruments the piano has the widest range of tones.
There is an entire orchestral range in one instrument! When
seated at a piano, the deepest bass range is the first key on your
left, and the highest treble is the last key on the right.
● The piano can play melody and accompaniment at the same
● The piano is the most intricate instrument. It has over 12,000
parts, 10,000 of which are moving!
● Pedals on pianos are called (from left to right) Una Corda,
Sostenuto, and the Sustain Pedal.
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