first piano was invented in Florence, Italy in 1700 by a craftsman who
repaired harpsichords, a keyboard instrument with horizontal strings
that run perpendicular to the keyboard in a long case. His name was
Bartolomeo Cristofori, he experimented with the instrument’s design
throughout the years, and the instrument grew popular among the upper
class. By the 1730 pianos were purchased and played by the Europeans.
Although they were expensive,
pianos were made smaller by the 1760s so that rich families could own
them in their homes. Mozart, Beethoven, and my favorite, Yiruma, all
played piano as a child or growing up. Mozart began touring Europe at
the age of four, performing at concerts with his family. Beethoven had
interest in music at a young age and his father taught him day and
night. Yiruma is a South Korean pianist and composer that learned piano
at the age of 5, he played at concerts that have been sold-out in Asia
Europe and North America.
1770, the piano reached America by a German immigrant named John
Behrent, a piano maker. Most American songs expressed thing related to
the American Revolution, involving how loud or how quiet the melodies
was to describe the war.
the 1770-1827, the piano began to have more keys, therefore not only
increasing in size but in sound. To create more depth in dynamics,
piano makers began designing the instrument out of iron for a louder
effect. The piano was added into orchestras, which quickly became
popular in entertainmen, and concert halls were built bigger with more seats
gained popularity that are the same to famous people today. In the 19th
century, women were often ignored for playing piano in public, but
there were few exceptions. Despite not being able to preform, women
were expacted to know hoe to play at home and teach their children.
Many American women had jobs as a piano teacher. In Germany and
Australia, pianos were built in to sewing table, allowing women to
practive and do chours.
For over 300 years, the piano has survived longer than any other instrument that exist today. It remains to be a popular instrument, stilled played by musicians as just like the past three centuries.
Picture of my piano