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Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655)

Scholars believe that though Cristofori was employed as the custodian of musical instruments at the court of Prince Ferdinand de' Medici, he was hired for the position largely because of his other talent—inventing instruments. His most successful creation was the pianoforte, which, unlike the harpsichord, varies the volume of its sound depending on the force with which its keys are struck. He is thus generally regarded as the inventor of the piano. What other instruments did Cristofori invent? More...
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the piano is my favor instrument
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I was totally ignorant of the fact that only one person has invented the pianoforte, the piano! Molti applausi!
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Daemon wrote:
Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655)

Scholars believe that though Cristofori was employed as the custodian of musical instruments at the court of Prince Ferdinand de' Medici, he was hired for the position largely because of his other talent—inventing instruments. His most successful creation was the pianoforte, which, unlike the harpsichord, varies the volume of its sound depending on the force with which its keys are struck. He is thus generally regarded as the inventor of the piano. What other instruments did Cristofori invent? More...


Happy birthday, Cristofori Bartolomeo!Applause
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AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE PIANO WAS AN ATTALIAN INVENTION.
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This is what is needed for all things, a curator that protects and saves all things....
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to image such pioneering minds amazes me
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The first piano (now lost) was mentioned in the diary of Francesco Mannucci, a Medici court musician. He wrote:

"A large “Arpicembalo” by Bartolomeo Cristofori, of new invention that produces soft and loud, with two sets of strings at unison pitch, with soundboard of cypress without rose…”

What made Cristofori’s invention so incredible was his creation of a hammer mechanism that hit keyboard strings to create sound. Depending upon how hard the player hit the keys on the keyboard, the hammer mechanism would hit the strings accordingly and the player was able to create softer or louder sounds.

It’s how the piano got its name. Originally the piano was known as the “pianoforte.” In Italian, piano means soft and forte means loud. Having the ability to change between the two was groundbreaking. Eventually its name got shortened to “piano.”

Prior to inventing the piano, Cristofori invented two other keyboard instruments.

The first was a the spinettone, a kind of harpsichord. The second was the more original oval spinet, invented in 1690.
Cristofori invented the oval spinet as a way to bolster the strength of the harpsichord.



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