PianoMaestro in International Piano Magazine
70 International Piano January/February 2011
MANY DIGITAL PIANOS NOWADAYS
The history of the piano originated in Padua, Italy, 300 years ago. The piano was invented by BartolomeoCristoforiduring the 1700s, who had been employed as the Keeper of Instruments by Ferdinando deâ€™ Medici, the Grand Prince of Tuscany. His expertise in harpsichord and his knowledge of stringed keyboard instruments led to the invention of this remarkable instrument.
Mankindâ€™s knowledge that a taut string can produce sounds goes back to prehistoric times. In the ancient world, strings were attached and stretched over bows, gourds, and boxes to amplify the sound.They were fastened by ties, pegs and pins; and they were plucked, bowed or struck to produce sounds. But it was Cristofori’s success in solving the fundamental mechanical problem of piano design……