History of Piano

Ever wondered who invented the famous musical instrument and who made the piano popular? The story of the piano goes way back to the 1700s. Before Bartolomeo Cristofori of Italy developed the piano in 1700, it was first known as the Clavichord.

The musical instrument first appeared in the 14th century as one of the most popular musical instruments in the Renaissance Era. The Clavichord produces beautiful sounds by sending a brass rod to strike the string and create vibrations when you press a key. Music comes out from a range of five octaves from the predecessor of the piano.

By 1500, the Harpsichord replaces the Clavichord as the more modern piano at the time. The musical instrument generates sound when a plectrum plucks a string. The Harpsichord is a string and soundboard system capable of producing marvelous sounds. Like the Clavichord, it is an essential invention paving the way for the creation of the modern piano.

Due to the lack of control over the Harpsichord volume lever, Bartolomeo Cristofori made substantial improvements. By 1700, the hammer system replaced the string system as the latest mechanism of the piano.

Before being named the piano, the musical instrument was known as the “clavicembalo col piano e forte.” Today, the piano remains one of the most elegant and widely used musical instruments worldwide.

History of Piano - Piano Forte by Cristofori in 1722
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