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Transcript of Piano
The piano was invented around the year 1709 by Bartolomeo Cristofori. It was first named gravicembalo col piano e forte.
The harpsichord, an instrument similar to the piano, had an important role in leading to the invention of the piano.
The piano was invented because of a want for more controlled expression. The volume couldn't be changed while playing on the harpsichord.
How a Piano is Made
Below is a video that shows how a piano is made.
The piano is both a percussion and string instrument. It can be considered one of the most, or the most, complicated instrument because it has over 2,500 parts to it. Today, the standard piano has 88 keys in total. A piano consists of black and white keys. The sound a piano makes is produced by a hammer hitting a string.
Types of Pianos
There are many different types of pianos. Below is a chart to show this.
*Under these categories, there are even more categories! This is a basic version of the classification.
Famous Piano Composers
Throughout history, there have been many famous piano composers. They are still very well-known today. Some examples are Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frederic Chopin, and Antonio Vivaldi.
Background Music: "Rolling Thunder" by Lionel Yu
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Musical Genres Played on Piano
Many genres of music can be played on the piano. Some examples are contemporary, modern, classical, Christian, jazz, blues, pop, and rock. Piano has been and will continue to play an important role in all kinds of music.