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A Piano is a musical instrument operating with a keyboard.  Played by pressing one or more keys on the keyboard which causes a hammer to strike its corresponding tuned strings producing a sound of different pitch of the music. The word piano is a short form of the word Pianoforte (PF), Italian for the instrument.  These Italian terms piano and forte indicate ‘soft’ & ‘strong’ respectively, referring to the many  variations in sound the instrument produces .The greater the force and speed of a key press, the more the force on the strings, thus the louder the sound and volume of the note produced.

It was one of the 17th century innovations credited to one Bartolomeo  Cristofori of Padua. This wasn’t the first instrument using keyboard hitting action; instances and examples of the piano principle existed from about 1440. He had arrived at all the quintessential of the piano action by 1726, and it is from Cristofori’s  piano that the current model of piano stems.

 

The piano thus became the preferred medium for chamber music, salon music, song accompaniments and concerti. By  around 1860 the upright piano had almost replaced the old square piano for home use. Previous upright pianos were built according to the design of harpsichords with the strings rising from keyboard level. These were very tall, and many were of elegant shapes. By taking the strings down to ground level, John Isaac Hawkins made the upright smaller , shorter and more suitable for house rooms.

Being  widely used in jazz and classical music for solos, and ensemble use. Even chamber music accompaniment for rehearsal and composing. Though the piano often expensive, and is not portable its ubiquity and versatility have made piano one of the world’s most familiar and loved musical instruments. It has a protective wooden case surrounding the metal strings and soundboard. The strings are struck when the keys are pressed. When the particular key/s are released the strings’ vibration stop, bringing a halt to the sound that is made by that key. These are transmitted through a channel to a soundboard that efficiently diffuses the acoustic energy to the air. Otherwise the sound would  be no louder than the directly produced sound by the strings. When the key is released, a damper curbs the string’s vibration creating a musical note.


About the Author: Raj Kamal

I  play the Saxophone, Violin, English Flute, Drums, Song Composition, Choir Conduction, to mention but a few. In Nigeria I have been a Director of a Chorale Group and have groomed a great number of Students in Keyboard, Saxophone, Piano Lessons in Dubai, Violin, Flute, Choir Conduction and Musical Note Interpretation.

 

  • James Bailey

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