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History of the Piano

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Duvy Salvant

on 2 May 2014

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Transcript of History of the Piano

CLAVICHORD
Invented by a monk, Guido d'Arezzo, in the 11th century.

Small in size and soft in volume

When a key was pressed, a string was struck.

Made short sounds
HARPSICHORD
Come in a variety of ways
single or double keyboards
with or with out artwork
forms of the body
in later versions, with pedals

Almost every country in Europe
had their own version of the
harpsichord.

Harpsichord also has a unique way
of producing its sound.

Clavichord ,Harpsichord, Forte piano to Piano
FORTEPIANO
Invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori form Padua, Italy

His hammer action system revolutionized keyboard instruments

Evolution of the modern piano took off from here.
CHRISTOFORI
Fedinando de' Medici, The Grand Prince of Tuscany
a collector and inventor

The Grand Prince hired Cristofori
and the world was changed.

How the Modern Piano Came to Be
Italian
German
French
Flemish
English

THE MODERN PIANO
After years of work and perfection, we finally get what we are looking for.

Heavy medal frame

High tension strings

Three pedals for sustaining and
dampening

Most importantly, padded hammers
to strike the strings
HOW THE HARPSICHORD SOUNDS
There is no need to watch the entire video. Variations take a long time.
GRAND HAMMERS
Cristofori's invention exploded into a complicated, but effective, system to strike a string.

HOW IT SOUNDS
By: Duvy Salvant
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