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History of piano – Interesting Facts

Let’s have a look at the history of the piano as the popularity of the piano throughout history has lead to many taking piano classes to learn this historical art.

The modern piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) of Padua. Cristofori’s new instrument was known first as the pianoforte because it allowed players to produce notes at different dynamic levels by controlling the inertia with which the hammers hit the strings.

The word pianoforte, shortened later to piano, appeared only in 1732.

The piano underwent tremendous  inventions and  improvements in its construction throughout the years.

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Later it was the Americans who brought the once expensive piano to the homes of middle-class families. The cost of pianos was significantly reduced, thanks to new assembly-line techniques and standardized piano parts. By the end of the 19th century, the instrument was a must-have for every household. It was very easy to store the piano at home, as a result of the functional upright design.

The piano than became very popular among women, who were encouraged to learn to play the piano. A woman who could play the piano was perceived as a refined woman and would find marriage in a flash. It was also a great way for women to earn money through piano lessons.

In modern times the digital piano sells more than the grand piano by far. Several factors contribute to this including the higher cost of grand pianos, the portability of digital pianos, and the presence of so many voices and features in digital pianos. However, one thing is for sure and it’s that piano playing and piano music is not going away. The piano is one of the most popular instruments today along with the guitar.

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Piano History – Part Two

Read Piano History Part One first. Let’s continue discussing the history of the piano (short for pianoforte). We were talking about the piano of the the mid/late eighteenth century. By the mid 18th century, Romanticism in the arts became all the rage and the piano’s popularity rose sharply. Romanticism encouraged the expression of emotions through art, and because of… [ Read on ]

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