Who invented the Piano?

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Who invented the Piano?

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answered Dec 2, 2021 by Minty (132,850 points)
The Piano was invented by a man named Bartolomeo Cristofori.

Bartolomeo Cristofori is the man who invented the Piano in the year of 1700.

The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) of Italy.

Cristofori was unsatisfied by the lack of control that musicians had over the volume level of the harpsichord.

He is credited for switching out the plucking mechanism with a hammer to create the modern piano in around the year 1700.

How old is the oldest piano?

Sitting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the world's oldest piano.

Dating from 1720, the piano was one of the earliest creations by Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano.

The piano was created for 3 reasons: First, to provide a keyboard that could play both soft and loud.

Second, to provide a keyboard that could sustain notes.

Third, to provide a keyboard instrument that could do all of this with just one set of keys.

Pianos have 88 keys because composers wanted to expand the range of their music.

Adding more piano keys removed the limits on what kind of music could be performed on the instrument.

88 keys have been the standard since Steinway built theirs in the 1880s.

So why does piano have black and white keys?

The white keys represent the musical tones and the black keys represent the half step intervals between those musical tones.

The colored keys help pianists decipher between the natural pitches and semitone pitches.

That's where the black keys come into play.

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