Where Did the Piano Come From?


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The piano came from an improvement made to a harpsichord by Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1700. The instrument was a modified keyboard that Cristofori stated could be played both loud and soft. The piano is named for the strings that vibrate at different speeds when struck by small wooden hammers.

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Cristofori's piano design changed over the next 30 years, when it became a popular instrument played by the European elites. Starting in the 1760s, the size of the piano was reduced, although the price continued to be exorbitant. With a smaller size, pianos could be placed in the home of wealthy families.

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